HomeRecipesDessertsSalted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars

Our dessert this evening was truly to die for! The recipe came from averiecooks.com (I only tweaked it just a smidgen…) and it was a winner! The original recipe is here:


A shortbread crust and lots of pecans melded in a sweet maple syrup filling – what’s not to love?  And, as she suggests in her recipe, I topped it off with her delicious and easy to make home made salted caramel syrup.  You can get the recipe for that here:


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1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup soft unsalted butter

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1 large egg
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 1/2 cup pecans raw unsalted
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray. Don’t skip lining the pan with foil because bars are sticky.

Crust:  To a large bowl, add the flour & brown sugar. 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. If you use firm butter you can grate it with your large grater before adding.

Turn mixture out into prepared pan and pack it down 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.

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 Filling:  Combine the egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, salt in a large bowl. Stir in the pecans.
After crust has baked, gently and carefully pour filling over crust (give filling one last quick stir before pouring it), smoothing & evenly distributing the pecans.  Make sure they’re not clustered in one area and they’re as flat as possible to minimize the chance of burning.

Bake for about 16 to 19 minutes, or until center is set and not jiggly. The 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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The leaves are turning and there is a definite nip in the air here in the mountains.  This recipe was a tasty welcome to the autumn baking season!



Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars — 48 Comments

  1. OMG this looks heavenly! I love pecan pie but this looks so much easier to make. Definitely have to give this a try.

  2. oh wow I’ve been looking for a recipe like this to use maple syrup – I love it and want to try it!

  3. Oh yum!! This really looks amazing!! Totally making this asap!! Need to satisfy my sweet tooth!!

  4. I had to read the recipe, I am a lover of pecan pie and the addition of maple syrup, heavenly combination, will be making it as soon as possibe!!

  5. This looks yummy! I want it now! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  6. This looks so delicious! and I really love that its not going to take me all
    day to make to enjoy!!

  7. Oh my – I love pecan pie and maple flavor too. I am definitely going to have to make some of these for myself. Thanks so much for the recipe.It will be different with the salted caramel on.

  8. This does sound wonderful. I have pure maple syrup and this is a perfect way to use it!

  9. (Me, browsing through your blog.) Scroll… scroll… *sees the words “salted caramel”* *literally gasps* *CLICK*
    …Yup, I’m in love with salted caramel. I discovered it long after it became a “thing,” but no matter. I really just drink SC-flavored black tea, and that’s about it– I really don’t have a sweet tooth, and don’t eat the “indulgent” sort of foods. That being said, I need this recipe in my life. So, thank you. <3

  10. This looks really good. I’d love to host a party and serve this. Pinning it – thanks!

  11. This looks delicious! and I love my pecan pies, Will have to
    try this recipe,,

  12. This looks so tasty. I would love to make this for dessert one night.

  13. This recipe sounds heavenly. I can imagine eating it with a hot cup of coff on a cool fall morninf. Nothing beats the maple syrup and pecan combination. Yummy,

  14. This sounds so delicious! I will have to give this recipe a try, I love that you used pecans, so hard to find good recipes that actually call for pecans..

  15. Homemade caramel and pure maple syrup is a winning combination. This is a wonderful recipe for fall.

  16. Omgosh these look and sound AMAZING!!! Perfect timing for some delicious pecan recipes too!! Im all over this for thanksgiving!!

  17. this sounds amazing. It would be perfect to fix for one of the many family get-togethers coming up

  18. Thank you for the recipe. I am looking for something different to add to Thanksgiving dinner.

  19. I make pecan bars every Christmas. I like this take on them – they’re much more gooey and more like pecan pie.

  20. This sound really good. I love the taste of maple and pecans. I will have to make some of these. thanks much for the recipe

  21. These sound amazing! You had me at salted caramel! lol I am going to making these very soon. Thank you for sharing!

  22. I can’t tell you how good these sound to me. This recipe is great. Thank you so much for sharing

  23. These sound so good. They would make a great dessert for my family. I can’t wait to give these a try. Thank you so much for sharing

  24. This looks so delicious! Definitely a must try , I love all the caramel in this, yum!

  25. Just the name alone of this dessert and I already know I would love it! There’s something about salted caramel I just can’t resist. I like having step by step directions at my disposal. Thanks much!

  26. I am in love with salted caramel. This looks like a wonderful recipe and I really think my family would like it!