I learned something interesting this past week – people who know me in real life read this blog sometimes.

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

This is dangerous.

Why? Because this blog is a diary of sorts – a place where I share excitement for booking a wedding venue and eating too much cheese and a place where I can vent about stuff!!

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

Anyway, after I posted about chocolate chip peanut butter larabars I got a text from one of my besties exclaiming her excitement about the wedding I’m planning….I’m excited too, of course, but I totally didn’t think my real-life friends would read that post.

MEANING! (I’m getting to the point) that the cat is pretty much out of the bag to people I know, who are now going to ask a bunch of questions about my wedding.

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

Real life friends, this post is for you. Eventually you will get a letter from me that essentially says a few of the millions of reasons of why I think you’re an amazing person, why you mean the world to me, and also, why I can’t invite you to my wedding.

It seems weird, I guess. Why not invite those that make you laugh the most? And there isn’t a simple reason. It turns out I can’t afford a big wedding, and am having a small, mostly family, 30 people shin-dig. One that absolutely everyone I know could come to the ceremony if they wanted, but what’s the fun in that?!! I know I’d be wondering where the booze was.

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

So this wedding I’m planning isn’t a snub to you, real-life people. We can celebrate in other ways, and for now I can look forward to a special day where I get to marry P-, and be giddy, and be completely awkward with my family. I hope we’re good.

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

And for the rest of you! My virtual friends who just totally glazed over the previous words I just spewed, HI!! I made you some positively delicious pecan pie bars. A bit of an upgrade from my previous recipe that I posted way back in 2010. This recipe is made with a brown sugar shortbread crust, and has a maple pecan pie filling, which is seriously unreal.

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

I’d say these are one of my favorite baked treats ever. No jokes.

maple pecan pie bars // warm vanilla sugar

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope your week is going awesome so far :)

Maple Pecan Pie Bars


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • Filling:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup golden corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour and beat until coarse crumbs form (it should stick together when pressed).
  2. Press the crust into a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 12-­15 minutes or until top appears dry, browned and slightly puffed.
  3. For the filling, whisk the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and pour the mixture over the crust until it looks nice and even. Return pan to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until the filling is mostly set).
  4. Cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight. Cut into bars and serve slightly chilled.


-Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

-Make sure to cool these completely and chill so that they hold together well. 

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28 Responses to Maple Pecan Pie Bars

  1. Sues says:

    These look seriously heavenly!! And I’m sure everyone will understand about your wedding… It’s your day and you’re allowed to do whatever you want! :)

  2. Josie says:

    I hear ya on the wedding planning – ours got a bit out of control, and I wish we’d reigned it in just a bit. You’re smart. Also smart? brown butter shortbread crust and maple pecan pie filling. YUM.

  3. Um … yum! These look so delicious. Adding these to my “to bake” list soon. And I know what you mean about finding out people you really know read your blog. There’s just something weird when the virtual and real worlds collide :)

  4. I’m a fan of bar cookies, especially ones with maple in them. Makes me miss the holidays hah!

  5. Carmen says:

    Oh my, I think I just found what I’m going to bake with my friends this weekend!

  6. These look dangerously addicting in a crazy good way!

  7. Chrissy says:

    Oh man, yum. I’m so making these for my Oscar party. And I’m with you, when my real people read my blog I am visibly shocked!

  8. Joanne says:

    I feel like i’m having a moderately large wedding, and yet still can’t invite all the people I want because it’s so cost-prohibitive. So I totally get it! And so will the people who matter. And that’s all that counts.

    Also, you can make it up to everyone who’s not invited by sending them one of these bars. I think that’s a fair trade-off.

  9. These look incredible! Like I want to eat them everyday forever kind of incredible. Pass me the pan girl!

  10. These look absolutely divine!

  11. Katrina…this is one of those recipes I categorize as dangerous, as in, don’t bake these alone, as is, I’d eat the whole damn batch myself.

  12. Andj says:

    I have a pecan bar recipe I usually use but it is definitely a labor of love (multiple dirty dishes, etc) and I love how easy this one is! Also, brown sugar crust is genius.

  13. cheri says:

    These look incredible! Can’t wait to make them.

  14. It’s strange when real life and blog life mingle. Congrats on the wedding plans!

  15. Katherine says:

    Katrina – you’re making the right decision with a small wedding! We had 134 people and it was a huge, great party – but $26K later, I doubt the big party. Weddings should be about family and your veryvery closest friends. That’s what bachelorette/bachelor parties and bridal showers are for – your friends.

    About this recipe, I saved it to make when I’m not in danger of eating half the batch. It is a sugar/fat overload (what great recipes aren’t?!), but looks YUMMY!

  16. P is one lucky guy, and so is anyone who gets to eat these dangerous bars. Wow. You’ve got a winner here, Katrina!

  17. Love these bars, and hope you have understanding real life friends who are just happy to be happy for you :) Love that you were surprised to find out they read the blog – I’m the opposite, I’m always surprised people read who don’t even know me :)

  18. Mmm, these bars look so good! I love when real-life friends read my blog :)

  19. Small wedding rock. Mine was the smallest of them all; just me and the future hubs. It was perfect and absolutely stress free. These bars need to happen…over and over and over. Love ‘em!

  20. Love the maple pecan comb0 and these bars look great!

  21. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Wow these bars look amazing, I don’t think I could stop at just one, or even three ;)

  22. Oh man, it’s so awkward when real life people read one’s blog. That seems so backwards, doesn’t it? I love to be honest and real on my blog but that sometimes backfires into my mom calling me and asking if I’m ok (or why I would share that story about her with a cigarette…). These bars look delish! Real life friends win if they get to eat those.

  23. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    I always feel a little shocked when people I know mention something I’ve written, particularly colleagues! your intimate wedding sounds perfect and these bars look absolutely incredible!

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