Caramel Pecan Shortbread Pie Bars

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So I am DONE.

No more school for me. Ever.

pecan pie bars by butter
I will never, ever, have to study again (unless I am crazy enough to go back to school at some stage in the future. Not that I think school is crazy. I loved school. But I need a break. Before I lose my mind).

I will never have to sit a test or exam again.

I will never have to do an assignment or write an essay or do a practical baking assessment again.

pecan pie bars by butter
I will never feel guilty while procrastinating and poring over Foodgawker and Pinterest when I’m really supposed to be studying. Ever again.

It feels amazing. Slightly bittersweet, because it is the end of an era, but overall, amazing.

pecan pie bars by butter
My arts degree is finished. My patisserie course is finished.

I am FREE.

And you know what that means?

More time.

pecan pie bars by butter
More time for the beach. And friends. And apple cider.

More time for the sun. And sangria. And dancing.

More time for night markets. And brunching. And sorting out the rest of my life.

And, of course, more time for baking.

pecan pie bars by butter
So I have baked you some little pecan shortbread bites today.

I took these bars and some other bars and smashed the recipes together and this was the result. A thick layer of buttery, under-baked, brown sugar shortbread, topped with a sweet caramel layer and crunchy, nutty pecans.

Thank god study is over. I’m going to go and eat some pie bars now.

pecan pie bars by butter
CARAMEL PECAN SHORTBREAD PIE BARS
Adapted from Pinch of Yum and Blue Eyed Bakers.

For the base
220g unsalted butter, softened (1 cup)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups flour (+ 1–2 tbsp)

For the topping
2 cups of pecan halves, roasted
110g unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp cream
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with baking paper.

To make the shortbread base, cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

Add the flour and mix on a low speed until a crumbly mixture forms. If it is too sticky, add a couple more tablespoons of flour. It should be crumbly but stick together when pressed.

Press the shortbread into the base of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the top is dry and slightly puffed.

While the crust is baking, make the topping. In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, honey, cream and salt over a medium heat.

Bring it to a simmer and let it bubble for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Mix in the pecans and vanilla.

Pour the pecan caramel mixture over the hot shortbread base and spread out the pecans as evenly as possible.

Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes, until evenly bubbling all over.

Allow to cool completely before cutting. Makes 48 small squares, or 24 larger bars.

20 Thoughts on “Caramel Pecan Shortbread Pie Bars

  1. Congrats on finishing! And these look great, as usual. :)

  2. Hahaha. So, are you happy to be finished? :D

    Congratulations. YAAAAY! Did you decide if you’re going to stay in Australia or leave?

    And the bars look good too! Shortbread. Yummy!

    • I am! A little sad to no longer be a student, but also very happy not to be a student! Haha.
      THANKS Erin!! I am going to stay here, for 6 months at least, and see where I’m at from there :-D

  3. thevelvetdoe on December 3, 2012 at 11:24 am said:

    YAY!! Congratulations!! x

  4. Oh, that caramel…I want some right now! So wish you lived closer :) And I am so excited for this next stage of your life!!

  5. Horray for no more school! If only I could say the same….sighhhh. The bars look delicious!

  6. am i dreaming???this must be heaven! :)

  7. I love this recipe, and yes no school is lovely. Although I actually miss all of that learning and pushing myself. Never thought I’d say that!

  8. A friend of mine made this for a Christmas cookie exchange and I DEVOURED my share! Making them for a Christmas party at our house tomorrow! Thank you for sharing. :-)

    • Oh Becca I’m so happy to hear that! I love stories like this, they make the blog so much more worthwhile :-)
      Enjoy the Christmas party, and the bars!! Merry Christmas!

  9. How do I copy your recipes, with out the blog, havent learned to do that yet,, I`m 76 years old and well on my way to 77, love your recipes but it is hard on my hands to write them all down.Let me know?? earthangel1054@WildBlue.net Nam.

    • Hi Nam.
      What you need to do is click your mouse at the beginning of my recipe. Then hold down the click and drag it down across the entire recipe. This will highlight it. Let do of the click, then right click over a highlighted section, and select copy.
      Open up a Word document, right click at the beginning of it, select paste, and you can print this out and you’ll have just the recipe :-)
      Good luck!

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