Maple Cinnamon Pecan Pie Bars
Hellooo to my sweets people, these Maple Cinnamon Pecan Pie Bars are outrageously good! I’m not even a pecan pie person…but I think I just became one after making these Maple Cinnamon Pecan Pie Bars. It’s basically a pie in square form, and so simple to make. I feel like making a homemade pie can be intimidating to some people, so if you’re one of them, start with these bars! For me, pie is certainly not a go-to dessert that I think of making. Bars are such a great thing to bring for a crowd, and you can cut them as small or large as you want.
The combination of the maple syrup and cinnamon really works great with the other ingredients. Neither one of them is over-powering so you’re still getting a classic pecan pie flavor, but with slight hints of maple and cinnamon.
The crust is super basic, but also packed with chopped pecans so you’re getting plenty of pecans in each bite. I lined a 9×13 with foil, or you could use parchment, but totally optional. I wanted to be able to lift the whole block out to slice, but the gooey center does tend to stick to the sides of the liner. Chopped pecans, flour, butter, and sugar just get’s pressed into the pan to form a simple and tasty crust.
The filling is so simple, it’s a dump, stir, pour, and bake situation so super easy! Mix the filling ingredients together, pour over the crust, and bake!
These bars would be just as delicious without the glaze, but I wanted to amp them up a little so I made a quick maple vanilla glaze. And to top everything off…cinnamon ice cream. I can’t stress enough about the cinnamon ice cream, or really any good ice cream. There’s just not any other way I would serve and enjoy this dessert…it’s such a good pairing! Most people do a little (or a lot) of whipped topping, but in my opinion you’ve GOT to go the ice cream route.
Crispy, flaky and buttery crust with a sweet and nutty filling, topped with a dreamy icing, what more could you need in a treat?!
These are great for a family for friends get together because they can be made ahead of time and travel well. Even if you’re like me and think you aren’t a pecan pie person…think again! Grab some ice cream, make these bars, and report back!
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Maple Cinnamon Pecan Pie Bars
For the crust
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 sticks softened butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 6 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
For the glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2+ tsp water
- 4 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer combine the 1 3/4 cups flour, butter, and sugar from the crust ingredients. Beat on medium speed until you get course crumbs. Stir in pecans. Press evenly and firmly into the bottom of an un-greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges just start to lightly brown.
In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour (from the filling section), salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined. Stir in corn syrup, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in chopped pecans. Spread evenly over hot, partially baked crust. Bake for 33-35 minutes, or until center is set, and a knife comes out clean near the center.
Cool completely before glazing.
Whisk all glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust powdered sugar/water ratio as needed depending on thickness desired. Drizzle over cooled bars. Chill bars for about 30 minutes before cutting to make slicing easier.
Serve with cinnamon ice cream or whipped cream (but I HIGHLY recommend ice cream).
For added depth of flavor, toast your pecans, it really makes a difference!
I’ve made this using a combination of dark and light corn syrup because I was short on the dark, and it worked just fine.
I’ve also enjoyed this just as much without the glaze. It’s plenty sweet without it, especially if you’re serving with cinnamon ice cream which is mandatory in my opinion. The glaze does help bring out the maple a little more with the glaze.