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Pecan Shortbread Bars


These crumbly cookies are studded with crunchy pecans.

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  • Yield: Makes 18

Source: Everyday Food, May 2006


  • 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


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

  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. 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. 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.

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  • mrmnms
    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.
  • 1joker
    21 JAN, 2010
    What holds these together? Is there no liquid in the recipe?
  • sawzbella
    5 DEC, 2009
    Thanks for all the suggestions!
  • Anarie
    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.
  • mykele
    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
  • chervargas
    30 NOV, 2009
    Sawzbella....chop them finely by hand.
  • sawzbella
    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!
  • txtwyst
    14 SEP, 2008
    These are the easiest and yummiest cookies! Everybody LOVES them!
  • creativaclaudia
    11 APR, 2008
    These turned out great and were very quick and easy!