Southern Pecan Bars

1 c. butter or margarine, softened
4 large eggs
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 c. coarsely chopped pecans

Beat 1 cup butter at medium speed of mixer until creamy; gradually add 3/4 cup brown sugar, beating well. Add 2 1/2 cup flour, beating well. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Press into bottom of ungreased 13×9” pan. Brush with egg white. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan on wire rack. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl at medium speed until thick and pale. Combine corn syrup and 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, three tablespoons flour and 1 tsp. vanilla; add to beaten eggs, stirring until smooth. Fold in pecans. Spoon pecan mixture over crust. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Gently run a knife around edge of pan to release sides. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Makes four dozen.

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