Millcroft Inn & Spa’s Maple Pecan Bars

If you are a fan of pecan pie during the holidays, Pastry Chef Karen Souillet from Headwaters Restaurant has a delectable alternative: Maple Pecan Bars! These mouthwatering bars feature a delectable pecan pie filling infused with the richness of pure maple syrup. Instead of a flaky pie crust, the crunchy, sweet filling sits on top of a buttery brown sugar shortbread crust. No need to roll out a crust here – these treats are even easier than traditional pecan pie. 

Makes a fantastic addition to any holiday gathering, the perfect way to end a meal on a sweet note.

Maple Pecan Bars

Yields 9″ square pan

Ingredients for the Shortbread Base:

1 cup All-purpose flour
1/3 cup Packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup Coarsely chopped pecans
½ tsp Fine salt
¼ tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp Cinnamon
1/3 cup Unsalted butter, room temp

Ingredients for Pecan Layer:

1/4 cup Unsalted butter melted
1/2 cup Packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup Pure maple syrup
2 tsp Fine salt
1 large Egg
1 ¾ cup Coarsely chopped pecans

Method for Shortbread Base:

  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Press into a pan and bake 350˚F for 15 minutes until the edges are lightly golden.

Method for Pecan Layer:

  1. Whisk all the ingredients (except pecans) together.
  2. One those are incorporated together, stir in the pecans.
  3. Pour into the pan with crust.
  4. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes until bubbling along edges.
  5. Let cool completely.

Tip:

For smoother cutting of bars you can omit pecans in the crust. 

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