Caramel Pecan Squares

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

These pecan squares have a deep caramel flavor.

Adapted from River Road Recipes

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Caramel Pecan Squares

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 12 cookies
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:50 minutes
Special equipment:8- by 8-inch baking pan
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Caramel Pecan Squares


  • 1 cup flour (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 8- by 8-inch baking pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt to combine.

  2. 2

    Place butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Let cool 10 minutes. Whisk in egg. Stir in flour mixture. Stir in vanilla.

  3. 3

    Pour dough into baking pan and smooth evenly with a spatula. Cover top with pecans. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes then cut into twelve squares.


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