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English Cherubs (Pecan Pie Bars)

English Cherubs

English Cherubs

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English Cherubs (Pecan Pie Bars)
5.0 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: BarsDifficulty: Medium



A rich, chewy bar cookie that tastes like pecan pie.


  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, divided

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 dash salt

  • 2 large

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

  • 1-1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided

  • caramel syrup (optional, for garnish)


  • Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter, flour and dash salt; mix or knead with hands until well combined (mixture will look dry). Press in bottom of a greased 9-inch square pan. Beat eggs until foamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix well. Stir in coconut and 1 cup of the pecans. Spread mixture over layer in pan. Top with remaining pecans. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven 30 minutes, if using a glass baking dish; in a 375-degree oven 30 minutes, if using a metal pan. Top should be set and lightly browned. Do not underbake. Let cool. Cut into 16 bars. Before serving, drizzle with caramel syrup, if desired.


  • Submitted by Janice Held of Wright City , who states her source as St. Louis Post-Dispatch 12/5/88.


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I have made these more times than I can count. They are a favorite with everyone who has tried them. Lots of people have wanted the recipe. Very easy to make is always a nice bonus, too:)
- A Baker
Quite delicious! These reminded me of a cookie bar version of german chocolate cake icing--that goey pecan coconut delight. When it bakes, however,It looks more like a pecan pie on top---kind of crusty brown. It isn't terribly attractive, but the taste makes up for that. Still, I'd probably mess around with presentation if these were going on a christmas cookie platter.
- Nicole
Cherubs have always been one of my favorites~ After I moved away and lost mum's recipe, this one worked wonderfully to fill that little empty spot. ^-^
- A Baker
I made these cookies for a cookie swap and everyone enjoyed them I would certainly make them again!
- A Baker
Great recipe-everyone loves them. My pastor has me fix them every time we have a church function. They actually rate a 10!
- Michelle Taylor
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