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Trust me, it is not too much for one bar to handle.
Preheat the oven to 300ºF. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, icing sugar and salt. Set aside. In a larger bowl, beat the butter. Dump in half the flour mix and stir until almost combined. Add the rest of the flour mix and stir until just combined.
Press the dough into a ungreased 8 x 8 inch pan (see note below). Bake for 20 minutes, until it starting to look dry on the top but not golden or coloured.
While this is cooking, beat together the egg, brown sugar and caramel sauce. Fold in the coconut and pecans. Spread the Nutella over the hot crust. I let it sit on the crust so it loosens, then I spread it around. Pour the pecan mixture over top of the Nutella. Return the pan to the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the pecan mixture looks pretty set. Remove from the oven. Immediately run a knife around the edges. Allow to cool completely then slice into squares and enjoy!
Note: My pan is boss. It is has a removable bottom. This is a life saver. Instead of having to panic about lifting things out of it or trying to get them from sticking, all I have to do it pop it out. If you do not possess this, perhaps line the pan with parchment paper or butter it up to make your life a little easier. Or be a rebel, and do not do a thing and eat it straight from the pan. You have my respect either way.
Adapted from my favourite shortbread and very loosely from beloved Buns in the Oven’s Chocolate Caramel Pecan Shortbread Bars.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
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