Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares

Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares combine two great flavors in an easy to make shortbread. A homemade treat that’s made with minimal effort!

stack of Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares on a cutting board

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 Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares 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.

Coconut Pecan Shortbread Bars

The recipe is a fairly true adaptation 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.

As with all shortbread recipes, be very attentive to measuring your ingredients, as the ratio is essential to getting the best result. Be sure to review my tips for measuring flour if you need a refresher on best practices.

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.


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (240g) coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup (100g) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 14 ounce (396g) can sweetened condensed milk


  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.


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

Recipe slightly adapted from More from Magnolia.

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