Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares

You know, I don’t bake with nuts nearly often enough. I usually have a bag or two or six hanging around in my pantry along with all of the other baking supplies that I keep there “just in case.” Just in case what, I’m not sure, but it’s never a good idea to run out of baking supplies.

In fact, I’m down to my last stick of butter and it’s giving me heart palpitations. I really feel the need to get out of my comfy clothes, put on a bra, and head to the store to get two or five or ten pounds of butter. Just in case.

Anyway, let’s get back to the nuts.

Nuts are good. Nuts are even kinda healthy, so I don’t feel one tiny bit bad about eating the entire pan of these Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares in three minutes flat. Nuts are protein! You need protein to survive!

I absolutely loved the bars and really, truly did devour most of the pan by myself. I was worried these would be over the top sweet like pecan pie usually is, but these had just the perfect amount of sweetness to them. The hint of maple didn’t hurt things either. If you’d like a stronger maple flavor, I’d suggest adding anywhere from an 1/8 to a  1/4 teaspoon of maple flavoring.

Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares

Ingredients

    For the shortbread:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • For the filling:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoons maple flavoring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour and brown sugar in a mixer. Beat in the butter until well combined. The mixture will be quite crumbly. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 baking dish. Prick all over with a fork.
  3. Bake until the shortbread is browned, about 20 minutes.
  4. While the shortbread is baking, beat the egg, brown sugar, and maple syrup until well combined. Stir in the nuts. Pour the pecan mixture over the hot shortbread crust and return to the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the pecan mixture has firmed up.
  5. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to prevent it from sticking to the sides of the dish. Cool completely before cutting.
http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2011/01/16/maple-pecan-shortbread-squares/

 


recipe from allrecipes.com

 

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17 Responses to “Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares”

  1. Barbara January 17, 2011 @ 6:11 am (#
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    These look marvelous, Karly! I love using maple syrup in desserts. Lovely photos…making me drool this early in the morning! :)

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  2. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) January 17, 2011 @ 9:24 am (#
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    Although these look like they’d stick right to the back of my thighs, they look delicious. :) I am a sucker for all-things maple.

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  3. Holli January 17, 2011 @ 9:47 am (#
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    I’ve been a lurker for awhile but I wanted to tell you how much I just LOVE your recipes and your photography…. both are amazing! Great blog!

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  4. Joanne January 17, 2011 @ 11:37 am (#
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    I’m known for going to BJ’s or Costco and stocking up on those huge bags of nuts. Even though, well, I rarely ever bake with nuts. Because I don’t like them IN things only ON them. if that makes sense.

    These look wonderful though. And they are definitely healthy. They’ve got my doctor-to-be’s seal of approval!

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  5. Hannah January 17, 2011 @ 6:40 pm (#
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    I am straight drooling look at these. Pecans = love for me.

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  6. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen January 18, 2011 @ 9:42 am (#
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    These look heavenly. I loveeee pecan pie so I am going to try these right away!

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  7. shelly (cookies and cups) January 18, 2011 @ 3:23 pm (#
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    These sound yummy..and I haven’t put on a bra in too many days to even count. This time of year kills me.
    ok, that was officially too much information.

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  8. grace January 19, 2011 @ 3:23 am (#
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    i have a bar like this in my repertoire, but it’s made with honey instead of maple syrup. guess what–i hate honey and love maple syrup. replacement recipe? i think so. :)

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  9. natalie (the sweets life) January 19, 2011 @ 9:26 am (#
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    Ha I can totally relate to feeling a little anxious when I’m running low on butter!! :)

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  10. Taylor January 20, 2011 @ 9:32 pm (#
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    Mmm maple and pecans sound like a match made in heaven! I’m glad I have a stash of nuts waiting for me for whenever I might need them…like right now :)

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  11. Nina January 20, 2011 @ 9:59 pm (#
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    I just tried this recipe, it’s PERFECT! Thanks for sharing that.

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  12. Margaret January 21, 2011 @ 1:43 pm (#
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    Since nuts are definitely good for you and pecans are the BEST, these have to be perfect!!!

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  13. These look sooo yummy! Will give it a shot soon! Thanks for posting!

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  14. Rhyann June 1, 2011 @ 9:23 pm (#
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    I just made these and they were so good that I decided to share them with others on my blog. I so enjoy reading your posts and can’t wait to read more! Have a lovely day.

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  15. Terry Gagner December 7, 2012 @ 2:16 pm (#
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    I just loved these mapley squares…I used a little orange zest in filling..It made a great touch..Thanks

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