Honey Pecan Squares

I adoooore pecan squares, it’s like a tiny pecan pie in one bite!

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Prep time: 45 min (or overnight) | Bake time: 12 min | Total: 57 min

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 lg eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Topping:

  • ½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups pecans, chopped

Directions:

  1. For curst: combine flour, baking powder, & salt in a bowl; mix well.
  2. Beat butter & shortening together with electric mixer on medium until smooth
  3. Gradually add sugar and beat until light & fluffy
  4. Beat in eggs & vanilla
  5. Reduce speed, add flour mixture until just combined
  6. Gather into a ball, then flatten slightly
  7. Using fingers, press into a buttered nonstick baking sheet about 10″ x 15″ x ¾” (jelly roll pan)
  8. Refrigerate overnight or place in freezer until firm, approx.. 30 min.
  9. Preheat over to 375° F
  10. Prick crust all over & bake until golden – approx. 12 min. & set aside to cool
  11. For topping: combine butter, honey, & white & brown sugars in a saucepan
  12. Simmer, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until sugars melt & mixture darkens & foams (5 min.)
  13. Remove from heat & whisk in cream & pecans
  14. Spread filling evenly over crust with a rubber spatula
  15. Bake until topping is bubbly (approx. 15 min.)
  16. Remove from oven & cool completely
  17. Cut into 1 ½” squares

From: Lauri’s Holiday Cookie Recipes ❤

Photo credit: http://lurpakusa.com/recipe/honey-pecan-squares/

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