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Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars Filling

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Category: Holiday, Kids, Pies

 Ingredients List

  • Crust
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, very soft
  • Filling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 1/3 cup maple or or pancake syrup (I used sugar-free lite pancake syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste (consider omitting if nuts are well-salted)
  • 1 cup pecans (I used raw, unsalted, whole pecans; use halves and pieces, salted and roasted, or your favorite type)
  • about 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce (homemade or storebought), for drizzling


1. Preheat oven to 35oF. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside. Don't skip lining the pan with foil because bars are sticky and lining the pan will save lots of cleanup time and elbow grease.
2. Crust - To a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, and cut in the butter using two forks or a pastry cutter. Keep working until butter is evenly distributed and pea-sized lumps and sandy bits form. The softer the butter is, the quicker and easier it is.
3. Turn mixture out into prepared pan and hardpack it with a spatula or hands to form a smooth, even crust. Bake for 17 to 18 minutes, or until crust is just set. Don't overbake because pan is going back into the oven after filling is added. While crust bakes, prepare the filling.
4. Filling - To a large bowl (same one used for crust is fine; just wipe it with a paper towel), add the egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, optional salt, and whisk until combined.
5. Stir in the pecans; set aside until crust is done baking.
6. After crust has baked, gently and carefully pour filling over crust (give filling one last quick stir before pouring it), smoothing the pecans with a spatula or use your fingers to evenly distribute them. 7.Make sure they're not clustered in one area and they're as flat as possible because edges or corners that are jutting up will be prone to burning.
8. Bake for about 16 to 19 minutes, or until center is set and not jiggly. Use an oven mitt to shake the pan gently starting at about 16 minutes, and use your judgment from there; bars will set up more as they cool. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 1 hour before drizzling with salted caramel, slicing, and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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