Pecan Shortbread Squares Recipe

Pecan Shortbread Squares Recipe

How To Make Pecan Shortbread Squares

With its buttery shortbread crust & a rich topping of pecan and caramel, these pecan shortbread squares is a delicious dessert perfect for any gathering.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For Crust:

  • ¾cupall purpose flour,spooned into measuring and leveled off
  • ¼cupcornstarch
  • ½cupconfectioner’s sugar
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½cupcold unsalted butter,(1 stick), cut into 1 inch pieces

For Filling:

  • 12tbspunsalted butter,(1½ sticks)
  • ¾cuplight brown sugar,packed
  • 3tbsphoney
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • generous pinch salt
  • 2tbspheavy whipping cream
  • 3cupspecans,coarsely chopped


  1. Cover a 9-inch square baking pan with heavy duty aluminum foil. Push foil neatly into corners and up sides of the pan, using two pieces if necessary to ensure it overlaps all edges (the overhang will help removal from pan). Spray foiled pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Place the flour, cornstarch, confectioners sugar and salt in a bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse a few times to mix.

  3. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal with pea-size clumps of butter within. It will seem dry; that’s okay. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and press firmly with your fingers into an even layer over the bottom.

  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. While the crust is in the refrigerator, adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  5. Bake the crust for about 17 minutes until crust is set but not browned. Set on rack to cool. Leave oven on.

  6. In a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves.

  7. Turn up the heat and boil gently for 3 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and chopped pecans.

  8. Pour pecan mixture over crust. Bake for about 20 minutes until filling is bubbling and caramel in color. Cool completely on rack.

  9. To cut, use the foil overhang to lift baked square out of pan and onto cutting board. Loosen the foil from the edges, then cut with a sharp knife into 2-inch squares.

  10. Store finished pecan squares in air-tight container and serve at room temperature.


  • Calories: 343.67kcal
  • Fat: 28.50g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.70g
  • Trans Fat: 0.58g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.51g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.60g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.60g
  • Fiber: 1.97g
  • Sugar: 14.33g
  • Protein: 2.52g
  • Cholesterol: 40.72mg
  • Sodium: 141.05mg
  • Calcium: 25.40mg
  • Potassium: 99.49mg
  • Iron: 0.82mg
  • Vitamin A: 129.63µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.24mg
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