Sticky, delicious, make ahead Maple Pecan Squares, with a hint of Bourbon!
Your guests will go wild over these and they are so easy to whip up!
• 10 Tbs of room temperature butter (plus more for buttering the baking dish)
• 1/4 cup of white sugar
• 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
• 1 1/4 cups of flour
• dash of salt
• 1/2 cup of maple syrup
• 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar
• 1/4 cup of heavy cream
• 6 Tbs of butter
• 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
•1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans
• 2 tsp of Bourbon
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9 x 9 x 2 baking dish.
Using a mixer, beat the butter, sugar and egg yolk until well combined. Add the flour and salt and mix just until it starts to hold together (it may look a little crumbly)
Turn out into the baking dish and press it over the bottom and a little up the sides, about 1/2 inch. Bake for 20 -25 minutes, let cool completely.
Combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, cream and butter in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat until the butter is melted.
Bring to a boil and boil for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, then stir in the vanilla, nuts and bourbon. Pour the filling into the crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely in the pan.
Chill for 2 hours before cutting and serving, but the good news is they can be made 2-3 days ahead, just cover and refrigerate.