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The Best Ina Garten’s Pecan Squares Recipe

Soft shortbread topped with rich caramel and pecans.We don’t get a lot of Halloween candy here in Bangkok.  It’s something I’m really okay with…especially if it gives me an excuse to make some other festive fall dessert.

For the first time ever, Frank and I had ourselves a faux Thanksgiving.  It was really just an excuse to make some of our favorite turkey-day dishes without the pressure of the actual holiday.  Minus the turkey (because roasting a full turkey scares me).  I did a few pieces of lemon chicken a la the Silver Palate cookbook instead.

Frank made enough mashed potatoes for days.
I made sweet potatoes, an impromptu stuffing, and my favorite squash and spinach gratin.  The whole thing was so festive and fun that I’m thinking we may make it an annual tradition.  It made for a fun date-night in and leftovers that we were happy to have all week.
But about those Pecan Squares for dessert.  Let me just tell you that they are every bit as good as one would expect from the queen of all things butter and baked goods.  The crust is soft and buttery and the topping has the right amount of give while still being chewy and rich and chock full of pecans.

Sure there’s little Halloween candy here, but I’ll take one of Ina Garten’s Pecan Squares over a Tootsie Roll any day.
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Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1 1/4 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Topping:
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 cup good honey
  • 3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 pounds pecans, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the crust, beat the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until light, approximately 3 minutes....
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