Pecan Squares

Pecan Squares

-from Southern Living

This dessert was heaven to me--a cross between pecan pie and baklava, but much easier than either to prepare. Very, very rich, so it serves a ton.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup butter (yes, in addition to the 3/4 c. above)
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream(aka heavy cream)
  • 3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Sift together 2 cups flour and 2/3 cup powdered sugar. Cut in 3/4 cup softened butter using a pastry blender or fork just until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture on bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool. Bring brown sugar, honey, 2/3 cup butter, and whipping cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in pecans, and pour hot filling into prepared crust. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares. I served these with vanilla ice cream, but freshly whipped cream would be great as well.

Pecan Squares
 Your only excuse for turning this lovely thing down is a nut allergy. Otherwise, get on board.

Your only excuse for turning this lovely thing down is a nut allergy. Otherwise, get on board.