Is bark the easiest homemade candy out there? If not, this Pecan Pie Bark definitely is. See, it uses a base of graham crackers and just five more ingredients for an oven-baked bark with plenty of crunch. When I say easy, I mean you’re looking at maybe ten minutes of prep and ten minutes of baking time and no candy thermometer needed. It has the sticky sweetness of Pecan Pie but it delivers it in a more portable hand-held form, which is good news because you’re never going to want this bark to leave your sight.
Most bark I’ve known relies on a chocolate base that sets up until it’s nice and breakable, but this bark is unique in that it uses whole graham crackers as the base. You line a baking sheet completely with them…
… and then combine some butter, brown sugar, pecans, and salt in a saucepan. You let it boil, just long enough to melt and come together…
…and then you pour it alllll over the graham crackers.
It heads into the oven for just ten minutes, which is long enough for some of the mixture to sink in and soften the crackers but also long enough for the sugar mixture to then have time to set up into more of a candy crack as it cools.
It’s the kind of crunchy and sweet treat that’s ease makes it the perfect thing to whip up for gifts during the hectic holiday season, but honestly, I love to make it on the most average of days – the sweet candy snap and nutty crunch will make any day a little more exciting.
Pecan Pie Bark
10m prep time
10m cook time
- 13 graham crackers
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups pecan halves, roughly chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil.
- Lightly grease the foil with butter and line the baking sheet with graham crackers, breaking them where necessary to make them fit.
- Combine butter, brown sugar, pecans, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Immediately pour hot mixture over graham crackers and spread mixture to edges of pan using a spatula. Make sure pecans are evenly distributed and that crackers are covered.
- Bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely and break into pieces. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from My Country Table.