Gluten-Free Pecan Squares

The classic taste of pecan pie gets a makeover in these gluten-free pecan squares.

gluten-free pecan squares

My husband and I differ in our preference for desserts. 

I’m not talking chocolate vs fruit or hot vs cold. I’m talking utensil vs fingers.

Since I’ve known him he’s insisted that the best holiday desserts are the ones you can pick up with your fingers. Bar cookies, brownies, cookies… you get the picture.

He’s clearly wrong. 

The best holiday desserts are the ones that require a cake server, pie plate, knife or some sort of special grand presentation utensil AND they require you to spoon or fork into them.

AmIRight? 

Of course I am. This is my blog. I’m always right. 

BUT… being the compassionate cook that I am, over the years I’ve pushed my dessert comfort zone to a place of finger held dessert inclusion. I mean, marriage is after all full of compromise, right?

So to honor of one of his favorite holiday handheld desserts, the pecan square, I’ve given it a spiffy gluten-free makeover. But don’t be wary of these if you’re not a gluten-free eater… they’re so good, everyone will enjoy them. As with most of my recipes, they’re not complicated… a must, in my opinion, for holiday cooking. (Be sure to check out this week’s {wednesday rewind} no. 14 – Shortcut Holiday Cooking Episode for more ideas on ways to cook up something tasty that doesn’t take a lot of time this holiday season.)

gluten-free pecan squares

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Gluten-Free Pecan Squares

gluten-free pecan squares

The classic taste of pecan pie gets a makeover in these gluten-free pecan squares.

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120 g) gluten free all purpose flour (I used Jovial)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half
  • 2 cups pecan pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour and sugar; add in butter and egg. Blend until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture firmly into bottom of pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool.
  4. Combine brown sugar, honey, remaining butter, and half-and-half in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in pecans, and pour hot filling over crust.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 235
  • Sugar: 8.7 g
  • Sodium: 6 mg
  • Fat: 17.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g

 

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