The Best Pecan Pie Squares Recipe

This pecan bar recipe offers a simple yet delicious take on traditional pecan pie, featuring an easy-to-make shortbread crust and a rich pecan filling. They’re a versatile treat ideal for holidays and can be made ahead of time. Perfect for potlucks or as a homemade gift, these pecan shortbread bars are a crowd-pleaser and a great alternative to classic pecan pie.


butter sugar egg vanilla extract flour baking powder salt light brown sugar honey orange & lemon zest  cream pecans chocolate (optional) sea salt (optional)

Shortbread Crust

Cream together butter and granulated sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined.


Shortbread Crust

Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Poke a few holes in the crust with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly golden.


Boil Filling

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, honey, light brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest. Bring the mixture to a boil and let cook for 3 minutes.


Prepare Filling

Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract. Fold in the chopped pecans until well combined.



Pour the pecan filling over the crust. Return to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes,. Allow the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.



Lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment overhang. Cut into squares.


Drizzle Chocolate

Optional: drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with flakey sea salt.