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Caramel Pecan Shortbread Bars

Caramel Pecan Shortbread Bars is a simple, sweet, and salty dessert. With caramel, pecans, and shortbread underneath, it is a candy bar in the making.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter chilled
  • 11 ounce bag caramels
  • 1/4 whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups pecans
  • coarse sea salt sprinkle to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper with 3 inches hanging over each side.
  • Combine flour and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Cut in chilled butter with pastry blender or fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. 
  • Press into the prepared 9x13 pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  • Heat caramel and whipping cream together in a microwaveable bowl for 1 minute. Stir and repeat until it is completely mixed and smooth. Pour in pecans and stir until coated completely. Spread on top of shortbread.
  • Return to oven and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. While cooling, sprinkle with coarse sea salt (optional).
  • Once cooled, remove from pan by picking up the edges of the wax paper. Cut into squares. I like to make them smaller like candy bars. Enjoy!


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.7mg