Being the true Canadians that we are…we just had to put a Canadian twist on the classic pecan pie bar!
These will literally make your entire house smell like maple brown sugar heaven! I think both me and my sister are in agreement when it comes to pecan desserts. Pecan pie…pecan tarts…and now pecan bars…are definitely some of our favourites! So we both felt that it was time to put our own spin on a pecan inspired treat.
Although it may seem like there are a lot of steps to making these, the process is actually fairly simple. The hardest part is waiting for the bars to cool when they come out of the oven!
Maple Pecan Pie Bars
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
2 2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Maple Pecan Topping:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp heavy cream (can substitute with milk)
2 1/2 cups pecans (chopped, or crushed into pieces)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lightly grease a 9×13 inch (or two 8×8 inch) pan, or line with foil
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a hand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cinnamon, continuing to mix with the hand mixer on low until just combined.
- Transfer dough to prepared pan(s) evenly flattening it out with your hands. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes.
- While the dough is cooking prepare the filling! In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, and cream, and allow to simmer for 1 minute, being careful not to bring mixture to a boil.
- Mix in the pecans and vanilla to the saucepan. Remove from heat.
- Pour the filling into the crust, and put back into the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- For the icing, simple whisk together icing sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, milk and cinnamon until completely combined. Pour an even layer of the icing on top of the bars once they are completely cooled, and cut bars into desired size squares.
Recipe adapted from Your Cup Of Cake