Pecan Shortbread Bars

Pecan Shortbread BarsIf you are looking for a quick and beautiful dessert to either serve or give away, I have just the thing. These pecan shortbread bars are both. To be fair, I feel I should worn you though…there is something about the combo of shortbread and pecans that make these bars addicting. Definitely do not make them if you think you are going to be home alone!

Pecan Shortbread Bars

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  • 1 c. butter softened
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2. stick butter melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 c. pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly spray or butter sides only of a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Combine butter, flour and powdered sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer. Beat until dough forms and it pulls away from sides of the bowl.
  • Press into pan.
  • Bake for 15 min.

While crust is baking

  • Combine eggs and sugar.
  • Add corn syrup, butter, salt and vanilla.
  • Add pecans and pour mixture over crust.
  • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Top should be golden brown.


I used chopped pecans instead of whole pecans. It was much easier to cut this way.
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When I was making these I actually thought to myself that it would be really good to just make the shortbread part…and leave the pecan part off. I would most likely eat the whole thing so I’m not sure that’s the best idea! 

Pecan Shortbread BarsI have just a few more things I want to share before I take a break for Christmas. I had so many lovely comments about my stairway garland that I’ve figured out a way to recreate it. Plus a couple of surprises. This morning I sort of feel like I am running out of time. I’m not worried yet because somehow, no matter what, it always gets done. I’d love to hear how you all are doing…if Christmas came tomorrow, would you be ready?

If you missed it, here is a recipe for Snickerdoodle Bread. This makes a perfect gift  too!

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  1. Carol Thomas says:

    Everything on your site is so enticing, decor, crafts, and recipes, and of course the printables. DON’T STOP.
    Many thanks, and may your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Carol…best wishes for a wonderful Christmas to you too!

  2. Did I miss something? I cannot get these out of the pan! I greased the sides like you said but the shortbread is stuck to the bottom and the topping is not solid. Should I refridgerate them? I left them at room temp overnight covered and I am trying to cut them.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Clearly I’m too late to help so my apologies for that. I took off a few days before Christmas to finish things up for my family. I’m honestly not sure what happened. The butter in the shortbread should have been all you needed to keep the dough from sticking. Did you use a glass pan? As far as the topping the only thing I can think of is that it wasn’t done quite enough. That’s just a guess though…I’m sorry you had trouble. I know how stressful that can be!

  3. Hello,

    I made these bars for Thanksgiving and they were a hit! I would love to make them again for Christmas, but wanted to ask a question regarding the shortbread. My bottom layer did not look as thick as yours. It was very thin and was very,very sticky when I was trying to get it into the pan. Any suggestions or tips?
    Thank you!

  4. MARIE FRASIER says:


  5. Thank you very much and my mother used to make these bars. I devoured two of them very quickly they were so yummy!

  6. Sandy Reid says:

    Thank you so much for the Pecan Shortbread bar recipe! My husband couldn’t get enough of them! This will always be a family favorite! Thanks again and Happy Holidays.

  7. Making these now but you never said when to add the 1/2 stick of butter for the topping…. I added it at the end.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      The end is perfect! I hope you like them…Merry Christmas! p.s. thank you for letting me know…I added the butter to the instructions.

  8. The recipe looks yummy.
    Yes, I’m ready. All the gifts are purchased, wrapped, and under the tree. Kids and grandkids won’t be here til the day after Christmas but I’m ready for them. I live alone, so the house stays pretty clean. I’m retired so had time to do the baking this week. Now we are getting snow and I can sit and watch it snow outdoors and enjoy all my decorating efforts.
    I so appreciate the many decorating blogs that I follow, they gave me lots of inspiration when I wasn’t feeling in the mood because I lost my 84 yr. old mother on Father’s Day. She would be so tickled to see how I decorated her (now my) home. Thanks again for all the ideas! Merry Christmas to all!

  9. Anne O'Brien says:

    I live in Australia, I would like to make the pecan shortbread bars. I don’t know how much is a stick of butter, we don’t use this term. Please tell me how much, preferably in kilograms, but ounces would do as I can convert that.
    Many thanks

    1. A stick is 8 oz. or 1/2 cup. 2 sticks = 1 cup. Hope this helps.

  10. Yum!! I am going to make these for our holiday dessert. No I am not ready for Christmas – really need an extra week. Have wrapping of gifts and cleaning left to do. But whatever is not done will be fine and we will enjoy Christmas as usual. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  11. Hi Ann-
    I have one more cookie to make for the Christmas holiday, but this looks perfect.
    I also have a party to attend and will be bringing some of these to it.
    Thanks so much for all your updates. I look forward to them
    Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year.

  12. I was just trying to think of a dessert to take for a last minute invite. These will fit the bill perfectly!!!!
    As for Christmas , no I’m not ready. But things will get done and family will be enjoyed.

  13. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Oh my! What’s not to like in this recipe??? I have made something similar but your recipe looks better! We are surrounded by pecan trees but they did not produce any this year. For the past two years, we’ve gotten tons of them but not this year. And no, I’m not ready for Christmas!! I’m having all of my family here this coming Sunday to celebrate my mother’s birthday. She will be 91. Then all of Leo’s family is coming Tuesday. And I still need to finish wrapping and cleaning! Crazy busy but I love it!

  14. Oh, Ann, these look and sound divine! I so adore shortbread!

    Sorry I haven’t been around more…no computer is the pits.


  15. oh my! two of my favorite things, shortbread and anything that smacks of pecan pie! Gotta make these! Thanks!

  16. These look so good and sound so simple to pull together. Your have the best recipes.


  17. Pamela Gordon says:

    These sound and look delicious Ann. Thanks for sharing the recipe! No, Christmas better not come tomorrow as I’m not ready. It keeps on snowing and I can’t get to town to finish!

  18. Ann, thank you for sharing your cookie recipes for this holiday season. The chocolate snowball cookies are delicious. I could hardly wait to let them cool. My husband said they’re now his number two favorite after chocolate chip walnut.

  19. Sounds quick and easy to prepare for Christmas Day. Looks wonderful!

  20. Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

    Oh yum! You had me at pecans and shortbread! :) Definitely pinning this for later!