easy maple pecan cookie bars with buttery shortbread crust

Goooooooood morning. Have you had a good cookie week? BECAUSE WE HAVE. So far 🙂 Don’t worry, we’re only on day 5 of 7, so there’s still plenty more cookie content to come after these maple pecan cookie bars.

But first, let’s give these maple pecan pie bars the spotlight they deserve.

overhead shot of maple pecan pie bars

What are Maple Pecan Cookie Bars?

Think pecan pie, but less liquid, and just like…better? Don’t get me wrong, I love pecan pie, but sometimes I want a flaky, buttery shortbread crust topped with a salty-sweet maple pecan topping. The two combine to make a seriously addicting, perfectly sweet cookie bar that is pretty much the tastiest thing ever.

maple pecan cookie bars on a cookie sheet

How to store Maple Pecan Cookie Bars

Now that we’re more than halfway through cookie week, you might be up to your eyeballs in cookies. And I get it: the baked goods can really pile up.

These pecan cookie bars have all the staples of a killer cookie exchange recipe: quick, easy, delicious, and easy to transport. I can almost guarantee that these pecan pie bars won’t be around this long, but if you do need to, store them in a flat layer in airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for 3 days, in the fridge for 7, or in the freezer for up to 3 months!

overhread shot of maple pecan pie bars

See you tomorrow for some more weekend cookie baking inspo.

It might involve chocolate…

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Maple Pecan Cookie Bars

Holiday cookie exchange in your future? We got you covered with these easy maple pecan cookie bars complete with a buttery shortbread base and maple topping

Holiday cookie exchange in your future? We got you covered with these easy maple pecan cookie bars complete with a buttery shortbread base and maple topping

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: american
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Ingredients

for the cookie crust

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

for the maple pecan topping

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 9 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Make the cookie crust by combining the butter, sugar, and vanilla, beating until combined and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and beat until just combined. The dough will be a little crumbly!
  3. Press the cookie crust into prepared pan into an even layer. Set aside.
  4. Make the maple pecan topping. In a large bowl combine the melted butter and the flour, whisking until a thick paste forms. Add the maple syrup, egg, vanilla extract, maple extract, and salt whisking until fully incorporated. Add the pecans and fold to combine.
  5. Pour the maple pecan filling over the cookie crust, evening out into a layer. Bake for 40 minutes or until set! Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving!

Keywords: easy, quick and easy, holiday, christmas, cookie exchange

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5 comments

Susan
Reply

My husband loves butter pecan ice cream. These cookie bars are a flavor he will also love. I’m so happy I have the ingredients to make them this weekend🙂

T
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Made this last night, delicious and next time I’ll double the syrup because I found the proportion of base to topping out of balance. The volume of pecans is fine, there is too much base for the tiny layer of syrup…..so I’ll double all ingredients for topping except pecans. The base is excellent.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Sofi | Broma Bakery
Reply

Happy to hear you enjoyed these 🙂

sarah
Reply

can you sub almond extract for maple extract?

Sofi | Broma Bakery
Reply

Hey Sarah! It will totally change the taste, but if you want these to be almond flavored it would work perfectly!

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