Make the crust: Combine the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Cube the butter and toss it to the bowl. Pulse until the mixture forms large clumps.
Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan and press it evenly across the bottom and 1/4-inch up the sides.
Bake for 15 minutes, until very pale golden.
Make the filling: Melt the butter a small saucepan over medium heat. If desired, brown it by continuing to cook it, stirring frequently, until golden brown bits form at the bottom, about 5 minutes. Transfer butter to a large bowl and let it cool. To speed the cooling, set it in the freezer for a couple minutes or stir it over an ice water bath.
Whisk the sugars into the cooled butter until smooth, then add the egg, yolk, salt, bourbon (if using) and vanilla. Stir in flour until just combined, then mix in chocolate and nuts.
Pour over par-baked crust, spreading evenly. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt before baking, if desired.
Bake bars for 20 to 25 minutes, until top is firm and golden. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely in the pan.
Once they’re cool, transfer them from the pan to a cutting board using the parchment paper overhand. Cut into 2-inch squares or 1-inch x 2-inch rectangles.
Serve plain, with whipped cream or a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You can add up to 1/4 cup of bourbon if you want more of that flavorSince you're already melting the butter, browning it is just letting it cook for a little longer. Why not?You can dust the finished bars with powdered sugar for extra prettiness.Store at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for longer.
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 2-inch bars)
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 cal per day diet.
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