Here in our home, pecans are a staple. Pecans in yogurt, bread, over ice cream, in no bake cookies, pancakes, anything. You name it, we add pecans. Need a pick me up? We got it for you – pecans, with peanut butter and pure maple syrup. But that’s for another time. With the amount of pecans in it, this bar meets the requirements for all 7 of us, making it a coveted and favorite dessert.
And it’s easy! I love easy recipes, especially easy dessert recipes (although they’ll probably be the literal death of me).
This simple, sweet, and salty dessert is ready to serve in less than 45 minutes and is a guaranteed pleaser.
This simple, sweet, and salty dessert is ready to serve in less than 45 minutes and is a guaranteed pleaser. With caramel, pecans and shortbread underneath it is a candy bar in the making.
- 2 cups flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter, chilled
- 1 bag caramels
- ¼ whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups pecans
- Coarse sea salt, sprinkle to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking pan with wax paper with 3 inches of extra on each side of the pan. A trick I like to use to get the wax paper to stick and stay better is to take a chilled butter stick and rub it on the bottom
In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. Add chilled butter and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. I like to use my pastry knife to do so. Press into the prepared 9x13 pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
In a glass bowl, add caramel and whipping cream and heat together for 1 minute in the microwave. Remove and stir, repeat process until caramel and cream is completely mixed and smooth. Pour in pecans and stir until they are completely covered. Pour on top of shortbread and spread around. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. While cooling, sprinkle with coarse sea salt (optional).
Once cooled, remove from pan by picking up the edges of the wax paper. Cut into squares. I like to make them smaller like candy bars.
Kids Review: They love these!