Indulge in the Delightful Flavors of Maple Pecan Bars

Oct 16, 2023 | Desserts

Maple Pecan Bars Recipe


Maple Pecan Bars

As a food critic and literary aficionado, I have explored numerous culinary delights and encountered many fascinating stories behind them. Today, I want to share with you a recipe that holds a special place in my heart – Maple Pecan Bars. These delectable bars not only capture the essence of autumn but also intertwine my love for literature and the joy of savoring delightful creations.

A Literary Delight

Legend has it that the origins of Maple Pecan Bars can be traced back to a quaint little bookstore tucked away on a cobblestone street in a small town. The owners of the bookstore, avid bibliophiles themselves, were known for hosting literary soirées where authors and book enthusiasts gathered to discuss their favorite novels and share delicious treats. It was during one of these charming gatherings that the recipe for Maple Pecan Bars was born.

Like the pages of a beloved book, each bite of these bars takes you on a journey of flavors. The sweet maple syrup pairs perfectly with the rich, buttery crust, while the toasted pecans add a delightful crunch. It’s a literary delight for both your taste buds and your soul.



  • For the Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted and roughly chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang on the sides for easy removal.
  2. Prepare the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter and using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake the crust: Place the crust in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Prepare the filling: While the crust is baking, in a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined.
  5. Add the pecans: Gently fold in the toasted and chopped pecans into the filling mixture.
  6. Assemble and bake: Pour the filling over the baked crust and spread it evenly. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is set and the top is golden brown. Let it cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. Serve and enjoy: Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the Maple Pecan Bars from the pan. Cut into squares or bars and serve. These bars are perfect with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea.


Tips and Variations:

1. Substitute for pecans: If you’re not a fan of pecans, you can easily swap them out for walnuts or almonds.

2. Add a hint of spice: Enhance the flavors by adding a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the filling mixture.

3. Drizzle with chocolate: For an extra touch of indulgence, melt some chocolate and drizzle it over the cooled bars.

4. Make it gluten-free: Use a gluten-free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

5. Store leftovers: Store any leftover Maple Pecan Bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Nutritional Facts:

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Calories 285
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 47mg
Sodium 156mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 3g

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