Butter Pecan Bars


For the crust:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
For the bar topping:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups pecans, shelled and coarsely chopped
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper leaving enough to overhang on the sides.
  3. In a light-colored skillet over medium heat, melt 1 cup of the sliced butter, stirring occasionally. The lighter color skillet will help you see when the butter begins to brown.
  4. The melted butter will begin to foam; continue stirring until it begins to have lightly browned specks at the bottom of the pan and has a nutty aroma, about 5-8 minutes. Transfer it away from the heat immediately.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the browned butter, the granulated sugar, the vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.
  6. Stir the flour into the sugar mixture until thoroughly combined.
  7. Press the crust mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  8. Bake the crust until golden, about 15 minutes.
  9. While the crust bakes, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the remaining butter, the brown sugar, the maple syrup, and the heavy cream together until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  10. Bring the brown sugar mixture to a boil and allow it to cook for 3 minutes.
  11. While the brown sugar mixture is boiling, carefully transfer 1/2 cup of it into a glass measuring cup.
  12. Slowly drizzle the beaten eggs into the transferred brown sugar mixture in the measuring cup until thoroughly combined, continuously stirring quickly so the eggs do not scramble.
  13. Slowly drizzle and whisk the egg and brown sugar mixture back into the boiling pot.
  14. Transfer the filling away from the heat and stir in the pecans.
  15. Pour the filling over the cooked crust.
  16. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, about 30-35 minutes. If the top is getting too brown while baking, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
  17. Transfer the baked bars from the oven and cool completely.
  18. Cut into squares, sprinkle with the sea salt, and serve.

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