Maple-pecan shortbread bar

Prep 25 min
Total 1 hour 45 min
Makes 32

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Ingredients

3 cups
all-purpose flour
1 cup
finely chopped pecans
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 cups
unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup
granulated sugar
1 tbsp

GLAZE

1/4 cup
3 tbsp

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Spray 2 8 × 8-in. metal baking pans with oil and line each with overhanging parchment.
  • STIR flour with pecans and salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT butter with sugar and 1 tbsp maple syrup in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.
  • DIVIDE dough in half. Press a portion of dough evenly into each prepared pan. Using a fork, prick dough all over.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until golden, 28 to 30 min. Cool completely on a rack, about 1 hour.
  • WHISK icing sugar with 3 tbsp maple syrup in a small bowl until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle over cooled shortbread. Let stand until glaze is firm. Remove shortbread from pans to a cutting board, then cut each into 16 bars.
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Issue: December 2014

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Photo credit: Maple-pecan shortbread bar. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

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