Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars

Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars

I make a lot of food. No surprise there. I make breakfasts, snacks, desserts, dinners, sauces, and things that fall somehow into the miscellaneous category. Some recipes turn out really really good. Some are eh, one time things. A lot are sad pitiful disasters that result in last minute take out.

And a select few are oh-my-gosh so freaking good I could cry.

Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars

This is one of the latter recipes. The ones that make me think I could probably be a famous chef. Or baker. Or just feed my future children super well some day. And I will. As long as all they want is Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars.

Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars

Remember when I said I nearly ate the very last of a recipe because it was so delicious and that I almost had to tell you about it without pictures? Luckily I saved a couple scraps to photograph for you. But really. I made a whole pan of these and basically ate the entire thing with a fork over the course of two days.

Couldn’t help it. They were THAT good! I’m making them again, right away. And you should too. You will not regret it!
Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars

Maple Pecan Apple Pie Bars
 
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Maple pecans and apple pie all rolled into one delicious and easy bar!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks butter, chilled
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
For the Filling
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 apples peeled and sliced (I used two granny smith apples and one gala)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder and mix well. Cut in butter with pastry knife or two forks or until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add egg and mix to combine. Press dough into prepared pan.
  3. To prepare the filling, combine apples and flour and toss to coat. Add brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Spread over crust. Bake 40 minutes. Let cool completely.
  4. Combine powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract and whisk until smooth. Pour over cooled bars. Top with chopped pecans. Allow glaze to set before cutting bars. Store in airtight container.
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  1. nicole says

    Where did you get the maple extract from? I haven’t seen that in the store. Can pure maple syrup be used instead? Thanks

    • CremedelaCrumb1 says

      I wouldn’t suggest using maple syrup. You can find maple extract at most grocery stores with the vanilla and peppermint and almond extract!!

    • Tiffany says

      Oh dear, we definitely need to introduce maple extract over there, it’s a staple in my kitchen!! However, for this recipe I would suggest making the frosting with the same amount of powdered sugar and using several tablespoons of real maple syrup for the maple flavor. Taste-test as you add the syrup and when you have the right flavor, then add milk if necessary to make the frosting a pourable consistency.

  2. Meredith says

    Have them in the oven as I type! Thought this would be a good way to continue earning bonus points with the future mother-in-law. ;)

    • Tiffany says

      Oh I would definitely use these for brownie points!! They’re sooooo good, she’ll be begging you to join the family ;)

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Amy! There isn’t any missing ingredients for this recipe, but if you find the glaze to be two thick to pour onto the bars you can do one of two things. 1) you can warm up the glaze in the microwave for a few seconds until it is “pourable” 2) you can add a few tablespoons of milk. Hope this helps! :)

  3. Kenin says

    This is my first recipe from your site! I made these for my husband and they are DELICIOUS!! I accidentally read the recipe wrong and used good quality maple syrup and the glaze is so yummy! I used 1 tsp-I don’t want to encourage changes to your recipe, I just wanted to let you know that maple syrup works in a pinch!! Also, how large did you slice your apples?

    • Tiffany says

      Thanks so much for letting me know about the maple syrup secret!! These are a favorite at our house, it’s getting to be fall time and I can’t wait to whip up another batch!! Thanks Kenin! :)