Gluten Free Pecan Shortbread Bars – #SpringSweetsWeek

Gluten Free Pecan Shortbread Bars – #SpringSweetsWeek

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I’ve never made a pecan pie before. I know, shocking, right? In my mind, that always seemed like a southern thing and I didn’t grow up eating it for Thanksgiving or other special occasions. I’m now kicking myself, because O.M.G. It’s completely delicious. For these gluten free pecan shortbread bars, I basically took a pecan pie filling and poured it over a shortbread crust. An entire 9×13 pan, gone in 24 hours. I kid you not.


A big thank you to Millican Pecans for sponsoring this recipe as part of #SpringSweetsWeek! All opinions are my own. 


I’ve been telling people for 2 weeks now, I’ve never been more grateful to be a gluten and dairy free eater and baker. While our store shelves are void of basic necessities like bread, milk, flour, and pasta, I’ve not had any problems finding allergy friendly equivalents to these products. And I’m also so incredibly grateful to have a job I can do at home and not be worrying about finances. Because, let’s face it, gluten free products are pricey

These gluten free pecan shortbread bars are a little more complicated to make, just because you have to create the shortbread first and then pour the pecan pie filling over the top. But, oh man, they are totally worth the little bit of hassle. And they’re not hard to make, just a bit more time consuming than most of my other recipes. And I’m sure you’ll be the hit of your house if you make these. I sure was!

Don’t forget to check out our fun giveaway where you could win some great sweet treats from Millican Pecan, along with other prizes from our Spring Sweets Week sponsors (click HERE to see a full list of prizes!). Scroll below the recipe to find the giveaway info + other great recipes from my fellow Spring Sweets bloggers!

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Gluten Free Pecan Shortbread Bars


  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour I used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1
  • 1/4 cup cassava flour I used Otto's
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 sticks (8 tbls) softened butter Sub margarine for dairy free
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the pecan topping

  • 3 cups chopped pecans
  • 8 tbsp butter Sub margarine for dairy free
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup coconut cream


For the shortbread

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nonstick 9x9 baking dish with cooking oil.
  2. In a food processor or kitchenaid, combine flours, tapioca starch, sugar, and salt together.
  3. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs appear. Pour into baking dish and press into bottom of pan.
  4. Bake crust for 15-18 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool in pan.

To make pecan filling

  1. Place a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to pan. Combine to melt butter.
  3. Once butter is melted, add coconut cream and pecans. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture over the shortbread crust. Bake in oven 20 minutes until filling is bubbly and deepens in color. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. Cut bars into 2 inch squares and serve. You can also freeze these if desired (though they did not come close to lasting that long!)

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