Maple Pecan Bars + a Giveaway!

Think of these Maple Pecan Bars as a portable version of pecan pie, with a crumbly shortbread crust, a gooey sweet maple filling, and toasted pecans. This is a recipe from my friend Laura at Runamok Maple.

Two Maple Pecan Bars Stacked On Top Of Each Other Surrounded By More Maple Pecan Bars, Two Runamok Maple Syrup Bottles, and Chopped Pecans

I don’t remember the last time I loved a dessert so much. These Maple Pecan Bars are dangerous in the best way.

Admittedly, I am biased.

If you asked me what my favorite Thanksgiving pie is, it would take me .03214 seconds to tell you PECAN PIE!

And I may or may not have a yearly tradition of eating leftover pecan pie for breakfast on the morning after Thanksgiving.

(I do).

So when I came across this Maple Nut Bars recipe and read that they were “basically a portable version of pecan pie,” I ran to the kitchen.

Two Runamok Maple Pecan Bars Stacked On Top Of Each Other

In my Life Lately #2 post a couple months ago, I talked about my yearly trip to the Fancy Food Show and shared that the most exciting booth I came across was Runamok Maple.

I have loved and known pure maple syrup since I was a kid, but when I walked by their booth, I noticed they were doing something really different.

Line Of Runamok Maple Syrups At Fancy Food Show New York City

I saw things like “Hibiscus Flower Infused Maple Syrup” and “Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup” and had to stop to taste. And the flavors were mind-blowing!

After the show, I sent them an email totally fangirling telling them in a very composed manner how much I loved their maple syrups, and we have been talking back and forth ever since.

I also discovered they have a BIG collection of maple-centric recipes on their website, and I’ve cooked several of them.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m really excited about what they’re doing and wanted to share a bit about them, and also share a recipe of theirs that I made and loved (all of this is not sponsored, by the way).

Runamok Maple also offered to do a giveaway of a custom gift box, including three maple syrups from their line, for a lucky Fifteen Spatulas reader to win. I’ll share details at the end of the post!

Runamok Maple Syrups: Elderberry Infused, Cardamom Infused, And More On Distressed Wood Table

{Photo courtesy Runamok Maple}

Runamok Maple is (surprise!) located in Vermont, along the western slopes of Mount Mansfield.

Their crew taps over 81,000 trees and they make pure, infused, smoked, and barrel-aged maple syrups.

After asking them numerous nerdy questions in my emails like, “Does the color of the maple syrup have to do with the quality,” we finally decided to hop on the phone. I got to chat with Eric and Laura, husband and wife team and co-owners of Runamok Maple, to learn more about their story.

Eric Sorkin And Laura Sorkin From Runamok Maple in Vermont

{Photo courtesy Runamok Maple}

Runamok Maple is a relatively new venture for Eric and Laura, and it was fun to hear about how they ended up in this field. I had noticed on their about page that Eric has a degree from Columbia law and several Master’s degrees, and I can’t help but think that when someone has a background like that, a choice was made to do something different that you have a genuine passion for.

(Or maybe it’s just me projecting, since I said bye bye to a career in finance and instead make recipes for a living. Either way, I resonate).

Laura originally moved to Vermont to start an organic vegetable farm, but is currently the chef and recipe developer at Runamok Maple. She has a degree from the French Culinary Institute in NYC, which definitely shows in the recipes she shares! I have loved the few that I’ve tried.

After talking with Eric and Laura on the phone and reading their stories, it’s clear that they both really love food and really love maple.

Eric and Laura told me about their process for creating their infused, smoked, and barrel-aged maple syrups, and let me tell you, they are obsessive about the final results.

They tested out numerous kinds of cinnamons and vanillas from around the world before settling on a result they liked for their Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup.

And they’ve recently launched a sweet and spicy maple syrup, the Merquén infused. Eric told me they tested out tons of different types of peppers before falling in love with this chili blend from the Mapuche region of Chile. I’ve got my eye on that one.

My personal favorite right now is their Makrut Lime-Leaf Infused:

Bottle Of Runamok Maple Makrut Lime-Leaf Infused With Maple Pecan Bars

It’s exotic and so aromatic! I’ve never tasted anything like it.

They are all delicious, and I really hope you get to taste them!

Okay, now let’s get to Laura’s Maple Pecan Bars recipe. It’s perfect for fall and would be a great dessert to take with you to holiday parties.

To make the bars, start with the crust.

Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, softened butter, and brown sugar in a bowl:

Glass Duralex Mixing Bowl With All Purpose Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Softened Butter, and Pucks Of Light Brown Sugar

Mix everything together with your fingers or with a pastry cutter, until the butter is broken down, and the mixture is crumbly and moist:

Shortbread Crust Crumbles For Maple Pecan Bars

Press the crust into a 9×13 pan:

9x13 Metal Cake Pan With Parchment Paper Lining And Pressing Out Shortbread Crust

Pop that into the oven for 10 minutes, and in the meantime make the filling.

Combine eggs, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a bowl:

Runamok Maple Syrup Pouring Into Duralex Bowl With Three Eggs And Brown Sugar

In Laura’s original recipe, she uses the Sugarmaker’s cut, which is their best of season maple syrup.

I was feeling experimental and used 1/4 cup of their Pecan Wood Smoked Maple Syrup plus 1/2 cup of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup, and absolutely LOVED it.

Bourbon is something I usually add to any recipe using pecans, so that one was a no-brainer, and the pecan wood smoked maple syrup added a subtle smokiness to the bars.

Whisk this together until smooth:

Mixture of Maple Syrup, Eggs, and Brown Sugar, in Glass Duralex Bowl and Whisk

To finish the filling, add chopped pecans, butter, vanilla, and salt to the mixture:

Pecans and Melted Butter Being Added To Filling Mixture For Maple Pecan Bars

Stir to combine, then pour into the pan, making sure the nuts are evenly spread out:

Maple Pecan Bar Filling In 9x13 Metal Cake Pan Ready To Be Baked

Bake the bars until the pecans are golden on top, and the bars jiggle ever so slightly when you move the pan. You definitely don’t want to overbake these!

Baked Maple Pecan Bars Cooling In 9x13 Metal Pan

The bars can now be enjoyed.

And let me tell you that the bars are AMAZING with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Don’t ask me how I know that.

Another tip: For really clean cuts, freeze the bars for 30 minutes before slicing.

Cut Maple Nut Bars Stacked On Top Of Each Other On Wooden Cutting Board

For more maple recipe ideas, Laura has a big collection of maple recipes, covering everything from cocktails to savory meats to desserts.

On my list to try next are her Pudding Chomeur, Sauteed Shrimp with Soy Cardamom Maple Glaze, Smoke and Mirrors cocktail, and Maple Orange Tea Cake.

And finally, for those wondering, the short answer to my nerdy question above is that the color of a maple syrup does not necessarily have to do with the quality. Good to know!

Now for the Giveaway Details:

Runamok Maple has offered to do a giveaway of a custom gift box to a Fifteen Spatulas reader.

To enter, leave a comment below answering: What is your favorite way to enjoy maple syrup?

For one additional bonus entry, follow Runamok Maple on Instagram or Facebook and leave a comment below saying you did so.

For an additional bonus entry, follow Fifteen Spatulas on Instagram or Facebook and leave a comment below saying you did so.

Giveaway rules: Giveaway open to US entrants only, 18 years and older. Giveaway winner will be selected at random using a random number generator. Entry period runs from 9/27/17 6:00am Eastern through 10/11/17 11:59pm Eastern. Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim prize before another winner is chosen.

Runamok also does a monthly special where they discount one of their syrups. For the month of September it’s 20% off the Elderberry Infused Maple Syrup, and there will be a new one for October.

Enjoy!

Maple Pecan Bars

Think of these Maple Pecan Bars as a portable version of pecan pie, with a crumbly shortbread crust, a gooey sweet maple filling, and toasted pecans.

5 reviews

Ingredients

    For the Crust

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour (5 ounces by weight)
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (2.5 ounces by weight)
    • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
    • 14 tbsp butter, softened

    For the Filling

    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup maple syrup*
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 tbsp butter, melted
    • 1.5 cups chopped pecans

    Instructions

    For the Crust:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    2. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

    3. Combine all the crust ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to blend the butter in with the dry ingredients, until there are no butter chunks left and the consistency is moist and crumbly.

    4. Press the crust into the pan with your fingers until it forms an even layer.  Bake for 10 minutes, until it turns faintly brown, then remove from the oven.

    For the Filling:

    1. Whisk to combine the brown sugar, maple syrups, and eggs in a bowl.

    2. Add the salt, vanilla, melted butter, pecans, and stir to incorporate.

    3. Pour the filling over the partially baked crust, making sure the nuts are evenly distributed.

    4. Bake for 23 minutes**. You know the bars are done when you jiggle the pan and the filling moves slightly, but does not slide all over the place.

    5. Let the bars cool completely, then cut into squares. Enjoy!

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    Recipe Notes

    *I used 1/4 cup of Runamok Maple’s Pecan Wood Smoked Maple Syrup plus 1/2 cup Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

    **Laura bakes the bars for 18 minutes. For a more gooey texture, 18 minutes is perfect. I preferred a slightly more chewy texture (it’s still soft), and 23 minutes is perfect for that version.

    Recipe from Runamok Maple’s Maple Nut Bars by Laura

    Nutrition Information Serves 16     adjust servings
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1/16th of total
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 322kcal Calories from fat 185
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 21g32%
    Saturated Fat 9g45%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 62mg21%
    Sodium 55mg2%
    Carbohydrate 33g11%
    Dietary Fiber 2g8%
    Sugars 23g
    Protein 3g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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