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Maple, Pecan & Butternut Squash Shortbread Bars

Maple, Pecan & Butternut Squash Shortbread Bars

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Get started on the fall season with the flavors of these bars. Makes the whole house smell like autumn. In partnership with Adventures in Cooking.

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Ingredients

  • Pecan Topping
  • 1 and 1/2 cups pecan pieces
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Shortbread Crust
  • 1 cup finely crushed Walkers pure butter shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons water
  • Butternut Filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple, Pecan & Butternut Squash Shortbread Bars

Method

1
To prepare the pecan topping, lightly toss together all the ingredients in a small bowl and set them aside.
2
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3
Make the crust:  Mix together the shortbread crumbs, powdered sugar, egg, flour, olive oil, and salt until combined.  Add the water until the mixture just starts to hold together; it's okay if it's still a bit crumbly.  Form the dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.
4
Make the butternut filling:  Blend together all ingredients until completely combined.  Set aside.
5
Press the crust dough into the bottom of a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan to form an even crust.  Pour the butternut filling into the pan over the crust and place the pan in the oven.
6
Bake for 30 minutes, then remove it and sprinkle the pecan mixture evenly over the top.
7
Place the pan back in the oven and for another 20 - 35 minutes, or until the butternut filling is set.  Remove and allow to cool for one hour before slicing and serving.

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