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Maple Pecan Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

5 dozen

Baking these bars fills me with warm memories of my Grandma Marie, who made a similar recipe. The pecan treats are popular at our office cookie exchange.—Amanda Spearing, Newton, Iowa
Maple Pecan Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 12-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, syrup, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in pecans, cream and vanilla. Remove from the heat; spread over crust.
  3. Bake until bubbly, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 180 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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