Maple pecan bars taste just like pecan pie with a buttery crust and crunchy pecans coated with sweet maple syrup.
Sometimes I wonder what baking would be like without butter. I mean, sure, there are a lot of good vegan recipes out there. But let’s be honest, the best desserts are made with butter… and a lot of it. These maple pecan bars are no exception. Thanks to butter, the bars have a flaky, sweet crust contrasted by a maple-coated, crunchy pecan filling.
I suppose you could go on about how “bad” butter is for your health, but I am a huge believer in moderation and self-control. Having one maple pecan square will not break the bank. The maple syrup will calm your sweet tooth while the crunchy pecans add that desired texture. If you don’t want them sitting around the house, bring them to a party or the office. Everyone will be complimenting you on how tasty these maple pecan bars are!
Maple Pecan Bars recipe from Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking
Coarse crumb mixture for the crust
Firmly packed crust into a 9 x 9 pan lined with foil
Butter, maple, sugar mixture
Butter, maple, sugar mixture boiling
Addition of cream followed by pecans
Maple pecan filling bubbling in the oven