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Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

My shortbread squares are the ultimate go-to for cookie trays and gift-giving. The buttery caramel and toasted nuts make it tough to eat just one. —Diana Ashcraft, Monmouth, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line two 13x9-in. baking pans with foil, letting ends extend up sides of pan.
  • Place flour, confectioners' sugar, cornstarch and salt in a food processor; pulse until blended. Add butter; pulse until butter is the size of peas. Divide mixture between prepared pans; press onto bottom of pans. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips, cream and vanilla until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread over crusts.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until filling is bubbly. Cool completely in pans on wire racks. Using foil, lift the shortbread out of pans. Gently peel off foil; cut each shortbread into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 201 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Cindy
    Mar 11, 2019

    Absolutely delicious. I made half a recipe but next time I’ll make a whole one. Love these

  • jtsce5
    Feb 24, 2019

    Addicting!

  • shadow18
    Dec 4, 2015

    Had these at a Christmas party. Excellent !

  • richard.headley
    Nov 6, 2015

    Very, very good.