Pine Nut Honey Squares (Rectangles)

I don’t just love the flavor of these nuts, I also respect their softness, their slicing cooperativeness. And there’s a significant benefit from the waste-free cutting – the less trimmings and shattered pieces you have, the slimmer you are (well, I’m speaking for myself here; I do suffer from the incurable form of the C.E.T.D. (Compulsive Eating of Trimmings Disorder).

Makes 32 fingers (although, it depends on the way you cut them)

For the crust:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp fine granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground anise
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick (¼ -lb; ½ cup) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ stick (4 tbsp) chilled unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon portions
  • 1 ½ cups pine nuts, lightly toasted

Make the crust:

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 375F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with oil and line the pan with parchment paper (the bottom and the sides). Make sure the parchment is well adhered to the pan. Set aside.

In a bowl of the food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, baking soda, anise, coriander, and salt until combined. Add the chilled butter chunks and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg and vanilla, then drip through the processor tube while pulsing. Continue to pulse until moist crumbs form, do not overprocess. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over a couple of times to distribute the butter.

Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, prick with a fork and freeze until firm, for about 15 minutes. Then bake the crust until it’s light golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Make the filling, bake :

While the crust is baking, make the filling. Combine the honey, brown sugar, and salt in a medium heavy saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Boil, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Then add the butter and boil, now stirring, for another minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the pine nuts until the nuts are coated with the honey mixture.

Pour the filling over the just baked and still hot crust and slide back into the oven. Bake until the filling is bubbling and caramelized, for about 15 minutes. Transfer the pan onto a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.

The cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature, for 1 week.

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36 Responses to “Pine Nut Honey Squares (Rectangles)”

  1. C.E.T.D. .. sigh.. you and me both! Isn’t about time we started a support group for that?

  2. Oh, they look wonderful! Your squares make me drool…



  3. Y, sounds like a plan :)

    Rosa, thank you!

  4. Hi Vera

    Looks good. Can u substitute pinenuts with peanuts ?


  5. squares rectangles – the fact remains they look great!

  6. pine nuts n honey–both healthy..m sold

    i ‘m so going to make this…

    love ur blog, new here. u have a great place with such wonderful pics n recipes…will be back in ur kitchen for sure :)


  7. What, no C.E.B.D? (Compulsive Eating of Batter Disorder) That’s my favorite disorder, although it does have its drawbacks :P

  8. Toasted pine nuts, honey, anise, coriander, a great combination of ingredients. Yes, I’m always picking, nibbling little things here and there, square or rectangular!

  9. I love the idea of an actual name for that trimming disorder! I suffer from it too…

    And these look divine. I have pine nuts in the freezer and will make some today. :)


  10. c.e.t.d.? finally, i’ve been diagnosed! :)
    i’ve never had pine nuts in anything other than savory dishes, but these puppies sound terrific!

  11. this looks yummy :) I d love to try these . Pine nutes have so delicate taste i think it goes really well with honey. Thanks for sharing.

  12. What a nice recipe! I also suffer from c.e.t.d. I’m so glad to have found fellow sufferers!

  13. Those look incredible! Entirely enticing!

  14. I think I have the same disorder. :) This look delightful.

  15. I’m on the C.E.T.D. list too. Is this a foodie thing? Love these square recatngles. Beautiful flavours. WOW!!

  16. Wow…these look GREAT! I have to admit, I also suffer from C.E.T.D…LOL.

  17. Maya, thank you! Sure, you can.

    Meeta, thank you!

    Navita, thank you very much for your kind words!

    Caitlin, I have this one, too :)

    Lisa, thank you!

    Kate, I’m glad I’m not along :) And thank you! Please, let me know how you liked them (or not :)

    Grace, it looks like this is the disease of epidemic character :)

    Natalie, thank you! And you are very welcome :)

    Joie, thank you! I’m also very glad :)

    Lori, thank you very much!

    Dragon, thank you! I’m so relieved I’m not along :)

    Deeba, Celeste, thank you so much! I was wrong suspecting an epidemic; it looks more like a pandemic to me :)

  18. These look so good. I would love a bar about now. What a great snack and I just adore pine nuts.

  19. Pine nuts and sticky, sweet things. Yum!!!

  20. I agree, they are a wonderful nut! Because of their softness and texture I often think of them more as a seed than a nut. They are yummy! And your pine nut honey squares look delicious!

  21. I love pine nuts, too, and this looks like a wonderful recipe.

  22. I’m such a nut for pinenuts! And pair it with honey and it’s even better!

  23. Better for the waistline to have a bar cookie that slices well. I share your condition ;)
    Delicious cookie with the honey and spices!

  24. These look so yummy!

  25. I love pine nuts, and I agree, they are very nice to work with. Even nicer to eat!! These look just amazing.

  26. Abby, Christy, Laurie, Madam Chow, Rita, Linda, HoneyB, Andrea, thank you very much for the complements!

  27. Dear Vera, these look so scrumptious and beautiful! I also have a severe case of CETD :D

  28. I love the combination of flavors – anise, coriander, honey. Fabulous!

  29. Vera, these were WONDERFUL (and SO not on my diet!) I can see making them for a lunch party, which I will definitely do in the near future.

    Thank you so much for the recipe…


  30. Pine nuts are so yummy! And, these look delicious! The flavors are so wonderully complimentary. My mother would have loved these as she adored pine nuts. I remember how happy she was when we lived in CA. They were so inexpensive there.

  31. WOW! These look so good!

  32. Miri, thank you very much!

    Holy, thank you!

    Kate, I’m so glad you made them and liked them! And you are more than welcome!

    Camille, thank you! Unfortunately, I can’t say these nuts are cheap where I live either.

    Cory, thank you very much!

  33. I’m all about less wasteful cutting myself. Round cutters are just so wrong but everyone seems to like using them.

  34. Jude, can’t agree with you more :)

  35. Those squares are making me drool!!
    Great blog you have here :)

  36. Cherine, thank you!

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