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Maple-Walnut Bars with Shortbread Crust

Inspired by a classic French-Canadian sweet treat, they’re almost pecan pie-like. With a buttery shortbread crust, slightly bitter walnuts, and rich maple syrup flavor, these bars are completely addictive. Whether you sample them straight from the pan, with a splash of heavy cream over the top (as Canadians prefer them), or with just a dollop of whipped cream, you’ll be hard-pressed to eat just one.

Maple-Walnut Bars with Shortbread Crust

Delicious sweet maple squares, with a shortbread base, a maple syrup filling and lots of nuts!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cooling & Refrigerate40 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Holidays, Maple Nut Bars, Maple-Walnut Bars with shortbread crust, Nutty Desserts, shortbread crust
Servings: 9 Bars
Calories: 512kcal


  • 8" Chef's Knife
  • Mixing Bowl Set
  • Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
  • Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set
  • Heat Resistant Oven Gloves
  • Stainless Steel 8-Inch Square Baker
  • Non-Stick Pro Bakeware
  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Non-Stick Silicone Cooking Utensil Set
  • Grips Balloon Whisk
  • Sous Chef Food Processor
  • Unbleached Parchment Paper Sheets



  • 1 ½ sticks Unsalted butter, softened (12 Tbsp.)
  • cup Maple sugar or packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. Table salt


  • 1 cup Pure maple syrup
  • cup Maple sugar or packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. Bourbon (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. Table salt
  • 1 cup Chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Heavy cream or whipped cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with softened butter. Line pan with an 8-inch square of parchment paper, then liberally coat paper, sides, and corners of pan with more softened butter and flour, shaking out excess

The Crust

  • cream butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed. Add flour and salt; mix until incorporated. Press crust into prepared pan; refrigerate 30 minutes. Bake crust until lightly browned, 20 minutes.

The Filling

  • Beat syrup, sugar, eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt with a mixer on medium speed until combined; stir in walnuts. Pour filling over crust.
  • Bake bars until filling is golden brown and set, 35–40 minutes.
  • Transfer pan to a rack and let bars cool 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges to loosen bars from pan. Let bars cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve bars with heavy cream.


Per bar, Calories: 512

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories512
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 25g 39%
    • Saturated Fat 11g 56%
  • Cholesterol 82mg 28%
  • Sodium 224mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrate 68g 23%
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Protein 6g 12%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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