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Maple Pecan Bites

These crunchy sweet moist delicous addictive bites are a combination of everything perfect.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Middle Eastern
Keyword bake sale, christmas cookies, cookie swap, dessert, holiday cookies, holiday dessert, ramadan dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Nadia Hubbi


For the Crust

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Filling

  • 6 oz bag pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. Coat mini cupcake pan with nonstick spray

For the crust

  1. Cream 2 sticks of softened butter and 2/3 cup brown sugar

  2. Add flour and salt and continue to mix

  3. Press 1 Tbsp of dough into each well and with your fingers make a hole and shape into pie cups

  4. Prebake the cups for 9-10 minutes or until golden around the edges

For the filling

  1. Toast pecans for 10 -12 minutes or until fragrant. Coarsely chop and set aside.

  2. Mix both sugars, eggs, syrup, butter, vanilla, salt and toasted pecans

  3. Add roughly 1 Tbsp into each cup

  4. Bake for 15 minutes

  5. Sprinkle each cup with sea salt

Recipe Notes

The most time consuming part of these yummy pecan bites is making the cups.  The dough is pretty grainy and it can get messy. An easier alternative is to make them into pecan bars which are just as yummy.  Halve the dough recipe and prebake for 10 minutes in a 9 in square pan before spreading the filling on top and bake the entire pan for 15-20 minutes