Pecan squares are a classic dessert that is sure to please any crowd. With their buttery crust and sweet pecan filling, they are the perfect treat for any occasion. Whether you're enjoying them with a cup of coffee or serving them up at your next party, these pecan squares are sure to be a hit. So go ahead and share a picture of your beautiful creation on Instagram, and use this caption to let everyone know just how delicious they are!
- ¾ cup Pamela’s AP Flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup Confectioners' sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¾ cup butter
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Generous pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups coarsely chopped pecans
FOR THE FILLING
FOR THE CRUST
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.
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. 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. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. While the crust is in the refrigerator, adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake the crust until crust is set but not browned, about 17 minutes. Set on rack to cool. Leave oven on.FOR THE FILLING
In a medium-heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, combine butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and boil gently for 3 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and chopped pecans.TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE
Pour pecan mixture over crust (it's fine if the crust is still warm). Bake until the filling is bubbling and caramel in color, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on rack. 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. Store finished pecan squares in air-tight container and serve at room temperature.