Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares

You only need 5 ingredients to make these sweet, nutty, chewy, gooey, delicious Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares. - Bake or Break

You regular readers know all about Quinn’s long-standing aversion to coconut and my abiding love of it. My coconut-containing baked goods are few and far between. I have to plan it out in advance so I have someone else who will take them off my hands once I’ve had my sampling.

These bars feature not only coconut, but also my beloved pecan sitting atop a shortbread crust. They are gooey and chewy and just plain delicious. The flavor of them reminds me a bit of that wonderful traditional frosting on German chocolate cake. The crust is a very simple combination of butter and flour. It’s understated and that works very well with the flavorful topping.

You only need 5 ingredients to make these sweet, nutty, chewy, gooey, delicious Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares. - Bake or Break

The recipe comes from More From Magnolia, the follow- up to The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. The book describes these by saying that they couldn’t be easier to make. That’s very true. Just five ingredients and very little time are required to make them. The only difficult part is waiting overnight to get to eat them.

I love these bars so much, especially when I need a super quick and easy dessert. If you have a reasonably well-stocked baking pantry, you’re likely to have everything you need whenever you get a hankering for these guys.

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Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares

Yield: 24 2-inch squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

You only need 5 ingredients to make these sweet, nutty, chewy, gooey, delicious Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and flour until crumbly and well combined. The mixture will be crumbly but should hold together when pinched. Transfer to an ungreased 13″x 9″pan. Pat the crust mixture firmly and evenly into the pan. Bake for 15 to minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the pecans and then the coconut over the crust. Pour the condensed milk on top, completely covering the coconut. Bake 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden.
  4. Cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and allow to set overnight before cutting.

Notes:

If you like, you can add a pinch or two of salt to the crust mixture for a little salty bite.

Recipe adapted from More from Magnolia.