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Pecan Shortbread Bars

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • yield: Makes 18

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour, plus more for preparation
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.

  2. Step 2

    In a food processor, pulse pecans until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. In processor, blend flour, sugar, butter, and salt until moist clumps form. Add reserved pecans; pulse 2 or 3 times, just to incorporate.

  3. Step 3

    Press dough evenly into the bottom of prepared pan (if dough is sticky, dip fingers in flour). With a floured fork, prick dough every 1/2 inch. Bake until lightly golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Cool 5 minutes in pan. Use foil overhang to lift shortbread from pan onto cutting board. With a serrated knife, carefully cut warm shortbread into 18 bars (6 rows by 3 rows). Remove from foil; cool bars completely on a rack before serving.

Source
Everyday Food, May 2006

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Reviews (9)

  • 18 Aug, 2010

    my recipes for shortbread use no liquid. Just a little moisture from the butter. That's what makes them so tender. That part of why it's called "short bread" high fat, no liquid.

  • 21 Jan, 2010

    What holds these together? Is there no liquid in the recipe?

  • 5 Dec, 2009

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

  • 30 Nov, 2009

    Sawzbella,

    To make the dough by hand, mix the flour, sugar, and salt together and then cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork, like you would do for pie dough. Shortbread and pie crust are similar; you want to coat the butter with flour so it will be flaky, but don't handle it any more than you have to.

  • 30 Nov, 2009

    Since you will be chopping up the pecans anyway, why not
    just use pecan pieces and not the more expensive pecan halves?
    Mykele

  • 30 Nov, 2009

    Sawzbella....chop them finely by hand.

  • 30 Nov, 2009

    I don't have a food processor, but these sound like they would be a hit at my house! My 10 year old discoverd his Dad's Pecan Pie this Thanksgiving!
    Any suggestions for making them without a processor would be appreciated! Thank You!

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    These are the easiest and yummiest cookies! Everybody LOVES them!

  • 11 Apr, 2008

    These turned out great and were very quick and easy!