Kentucky Derby Pie Bars

Derby Pie Bars made with a bourbon caramel and a buttery shortbread crust! Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with these easy to dessert!"

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key ingredient



For the Crust – 1 1/4 cups (150 g) all purpose flour spooned and leveled – 1/3 cups (65 g) granulated sugar – 1/4 teaspoon salt – 8 tablespoons (113 g) unsalted butter softened and cut into tablespoons


For the Filling – 1/2 cup (107 g) packed light brown sugar – 6 Tablespoons (85 g) unsalted butter – 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk – 2 Tablespoons dark or light corn syrup – 1 teaspoon vanilla extracte – 2 Tablespoons Bourbon optional – 1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt – 3/4 cup (90 g) all purpose flour – 3 large eggs – 2 cups (256 g) whole walnuts toasted and chopped – 2 cups (340 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Derby Bars


20 Bars



total time

1 Hour 10 Minutes

prep time

30 Minutes

1. Prepare oven and pans. Preheat your oven to 375F and prepare a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.


2. Make the crust. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the flour sugar and salt. Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Press into the 13×9 pan. Bake at 375F for 14-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Lower the oven temperature to 350F.


3. Make the caramel. In a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar and butter. Stir and cook over medium heat until melted. Add the milk, corn syrup, vanilla, and bourbon. Bring to a boil and stir continuously. Insert a candy thermometer, and continue to cook until the thermometer reaches 225F. Remove the heat and allow to cool before adding to the rest of the filling.


4. Make the filling. Once the caramel has cooled to room temperature add your flour and eggs and stir to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.


5. Bake the bars. Spread into the prepared 13×9 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated 350F oven until the top is golden brown and set. Cool completely before cutting into bars and enjoying!



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