Maple Pecan Bars

Pecan pie bars with 60% less calories and less than half the fat of a regular slice of pecan pie. These are so perfectly delicious


For this month’s Recipe ReDux {click here to learn more about Recipe ReDux, and for my previous Recipe ReDux posts look here ,here & here}, the theme is “Vintage Side Dishes”

So I realize that my recipe for pecan pie bars isn’t necessarily a “vintage” one, nor is it a side dish, but it does remind me of something that would be in an old cookbook {read: vintage}.

My dad makes really really good pecan pies. And I’m pretty sure he know the recipe by heart now, but I imagine the recipe was initially from an old, vintage cookbook

Probably because those are the cookbooks everyone in my family uses.

Those old cookbooks without a spine, with the first & last 10 pages missing and covered in food stains

The cookbooks with the Mrs. credited for each recipe; the ones that automatically open to the recipes you use the most… Those are the good ones {and I’ve talked about them before}…

But I’m not a huge fan of pie. In fact, I don’t think I really like any pies… other than pecan pie {thanks to my dad’s perfect version}.

When I think of Thanksgiving dessert – my dad’s pecan pie is exactly what I want. Pretty much the only dessert I want.

There’s not too much gooeyness; it’s full of pecans; and it has the exact amount of sweetness I like.

There’s a teeny tiny problem with the pecan pie, unfortunately… pecan pie is terribly high in calories, fat, and sugar.

We’re talkin’ like over 500 calories per slice. Ouch

So not what I want after I eat a big meal…


Solution: make them into bars and cut out some of the filling & use maple syrup instead of corn syrup {since it has more flavor, I thought maybe I’d be able to use a little less}

The verdict: If you don’t yet know what dessert you’re making for Thanksgiving, I highly suggest that you MAKE THESE!

I don’t mean to yell, but these are so amazing!! SO SO SO amazing!


Best of all, they taste like pecan pie without the bajillion calories & fat usually in pecan pie. But I warn you to make these when you know you will be sharing, otherwise, you will most certainly eat them all.

So hopefully {since I am in charge of dessert this year} my dad will think these are {almost} as good as his pecan pie. But I’m bringing some vanilla ice cream to go with them just in case đŸ˜‰

Maple Pecan Pie Bars
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: Makes 12 bars
  • Serving size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 206
  • Fat: 12.8g
  • Saturated fat: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 2.1g
Recipe type: Dessert
Pecan pie bars with 60% less calories and less than half the fat of a regular slice of pecan pie. These are so perfectly delicious
For Shortbread Crust:
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 6 TBSP butter
For Maple Pecan Pie Topping:
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP 2% milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir the flour and sugar together. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two forks or knives until it looks like crumbly sand. Press into a 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping: Melt the butter with the brown sugar and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together until sugar dissolves. Stir in vanilla and milk. Continue to whisk until the mixture slightly thickens {about 2-3 minutes}.
  5. Stir in pecans, and remove from heat. Make sure the pecans are completely coated with the sugar mixture. Pour the pecans and sugar mixture over the baked shortbread crust.
  6. Put in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes, until bubbly and slightly browned around the edges.
  7. Let cool for about 20-30 minutes, then carefully flip out of pan onto a plate to cut into 12 bars. Enjoy!


This recipe was shared on Michelle’s Tasty Creations

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  1. Great looking recipe. I love anything made with pecans. Looks like a fun recipe for a cookie swap!

  2. This is looks wow, I’ll try it diffintly! thanks you so much for sharing :)

  3. Oh yum yum yummy! I am a pecan freak though a big slice of pecan pie is almost too much sweet decadence even for me. That’s why I love these bars -and like Liz’s idea of including them in a cookie swap. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing!!

  4. My husband would love these cookie bars. I hope you’ll share them at our Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap at Thanks!

  5. Wow, impressive Meme! Only 2 tablespoons butter in these delicious looking treats! I will certainly make! Love your description of the family cookbooks…SO TRUE!

  6. LOVE LOVE pecan pie and I don’t want to know how many calories there are in a slice! I’ll have to try these–can’t wait!

  7. Meme,
    Thanks so much for linking up each week to Creative Thursday! These Maple Pecan Pie bars are amazing! I love pecan pie and can’t wait to try these. You are being featured this week :)


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