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Salted Maple Pecan Bars

Dustin’s been asking me to make him pecan pie since right after Thanksgiving last year. 10 months later I finally gave in to his wish. Sort of. I didn’t want to make a plain pecan pie, so instead I made something I randomly stumbled upon on Pinch of Yum— salted maple pecan pie bars.

These sounded unique enough to be exciting, but still traditional enough to satisfy the craving for pecan pie. Dustin (and EVERYONE else who tried one) declared them to be some of the best treats I’ve made. I love the addition of the sea salt on the top. Sweet and salty are a marriage made in heaven, and I like the hint of maple flavor that helps to sweeten the bars. It also has the important ingredient of corn syrup. Corn syrup is not something I use often, but pecan pie is the one thing I cannot imagine without corn syrup in it. It’s just required in this Texas girl’s opinion. I’m astounded by the number of pecan pie bar recipes I found that didn’t use corn syrup. Blasphemous, I say.

Definitely make sure these bars cool before you cut them if you can. I didn’t have quite enough time before I planned to serve them, so they were a little gooier than I would have liked along the edges.

These are much easier to make than pie and would be great for an upcoming Thanksgiving feast!

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