These are the amazing, the delicious, the irresistible Pecan Bars of happiness. A couple of years ago these bars walked away with a blue ribbon at the Oregon State Fair, and with good reason. They contain all of the wonderful flavors of pecan pie, and then some. The thick fudgey texture, toasted nutty pecans, the sweet caramely filling, the buttery shortbread crust. It really is magical. And while we all have recipes that we will hand out on the street, there are also others that we hold close to our chest, and for me these bars are one of them. It is a coveted recipe that I have made for as many years as I have been baking. And people really go crazy for them. It may make you feel a little bit better to know that while I was granted the ability to produce these fabulous confections, unfortunately, (through some horribly evil, cosmic, voodoo curse) I am allergic to pecans. I therefore cannot, must not give in to their siren song, no matter how delicious they may look, and no matter how good they might smell. These bars can be made up to two weeks in advance, which make them perfect for entertaining. And if you are feeling a little extra indulgent, I like to dip half of each bar in melted dark chocolate. For a treat that is sure to satisfy the sweetest of teeth. Happy eating!