7 Jul 2013

Pecan Squares

So I walked into a Whole Foods Market for the first time in my life the other day.

I know, right? What is wrong with me? It made my heart jump for joy at seeing all the produce and products they have! All those ingredients on my grocery list that I have been searching far and wide for are in this one convenient store. How handy!

While strolling through the bakery, I saw their giant baked goods, all of which made my mouth water. That is where I saw the most drool-worthy pecan squares I have ever seen. I knew right there and then that I needed to recreate them at home.

After making these pecan squares, I don't know if I'd ever want another dessert in my life. These were so good, that when I tried hiding them from myself in the fridge, I would end up walking over there without thinking to grab another square.

You'd think I would regret making these a week before I'm going to Mexico where I will be in a swim suit pretty much 24/7, but these were too good for me to care. Bikinis be damned, just pass me another pecan square!

Pecan Squares
printable recipe 

What you'll need:

-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-2/3 cup icing sugar
-3/4 cup butter
-1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
-1/2 cup honey
-2/3 cup butter
-3 tablespoons milk
-3 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped


    1.   Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly spray an 11x7 baking dish.
    2.   Combine flours, icing sugar and 3/4 cup butter in a food processor and pulse to mix until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
    3.   Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Let cool.
    4.   In a medium saucepan, melt the brown sugar, honey, 2/3 cup butter and milk, and allow to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Pour mixture over crust.
    5.   Bake at 350˚F for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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  1. wow... this looks sumptious... love anything with pecans in it... :)

  2. Such an easy preparation & u get a delicious pecan squares.. So tasty to resist.. Now I know y u didnt care ;)

  3. So wonderful looking squares and I can make them as there is no egg!

  4. Delicious squares and much easier than a tart :D


  5. Don't forget to bake some more before you leave for Mexico :D

  6. Cathleen, Cathleen, Cathleen! Must make pecan squares pronto!

  7. I feel like I take my Whole Foods for granted.

  8. You can never go wrong with pecan bars! Love your take on it :)

  9. Yet another dessert square. Not a big fan of pecans, I might try this out with walnuts. Looks good.

  10. Pecan quickly takes us into a fall-ish mood... These looks wonderful!

  11. Catherine, these are one of my favorite bar cookies. I make them every year around Thanksgiving instead of pecan pie. they are better than whole Foods!

  12. These pecan squares would not be allowed in my house! I would sit there and eat them until they were all gone. Your trip to Whole Foods sounds like mine to Trader's Joe. My first trip was last year. :)

  13. Yay for having your first Whole Foods experience!! It's the best, isn't it?

    These pecan squares look amazing! Bites of nutty caramelly heaven.

  14. Love pecan squares! These look tasty!

  15. These Pecan squares look mouth watering. Would love to try one with a cup of chilled coffee.
    Have a great holiday!

  16. Love these pecan bars! They look decadent and delicious!

  17. oooh... these pecan squares look good! you know, pecans give me mouth sores. but i will suffer through it for one or two of these bars

  18. YUM! They look so good! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

  19. Well, you have that passion in making square-shaped foods. This is very meticulous. I am glad to see the recipe. Thank you for the tips. I also remember my college days when I had to cook on my own to save myself from hunger. I love eating dear! So it also lead me to scourging our oven at home.

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  20. Whole foods definitely have huge cookies! These bars look great. Don`t you hate it when hiding food from yourself fails?! Haha!

  21. Omg! I know exactly which pecan squares you are talking about at Whole Foods because I am so guilty of indulging in them like once a week. I can't wait to try out your recipe because they look fantastic and it would be so much easier on my budget if I could just make these at home :P

  22. I think I can do this! The pecan squares are to die for.


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