Pecan Squares Recipe


Maple syrup is a staple breakfast item in our pantry. We usually use it as is to drizzle over pancakes and waffles, but since we had extra pecans for Thanksgiving, the girls and I prepared pecan squares flavored with our favorite syrup.

The topping is made of a mixture of maple syrup, of course, orange zest, brown sugar and loads of pecans. I usually bake these squares during the Christmas season.  


1. Info for Pecan Squares Recipe

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  • Servings: 6
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2. Ingredients for Pecan Squares Recipe

  • 10 ounces sweet crust dough (see tips)
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup dark molasses
  • 2 cups halved pecans

3. Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. For the pie crust: Place the dough in a (6-½" x 8-½") non-stick rectangular brownie pan lined with parchment paper. Prick the dough with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Line the dough with another sheet of parchment paper and top with ceramic pie weights (or dried beans). Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. Remove the pie weights. Set aside.
  3. For the pecan filling: Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs with granulated sugar until you get a pale yellow foam. Add the orange zest and salt. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Add butter, brown sugar, the molasses and maple syrup. Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened. Turn off the heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Assembly: Reserve ½ cup pecan halves and corasely chop the rest. Spread the coarsely chopped pecans over the pre-cooked dough. Fill the crust with the warm, thick filling. Decorate with the reserved pecans. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350°F.  Let cool to room temperature until the filling sets.
  5. Using a paring knife, release the parchment from the side of the baking pan and remove the paper from the bottom. Cut into squares.
  6. Bon appétit!

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