Maple Walnut Squares

Maple Walnut Squares

These Maple Walnut Squares are a classic sweet treat, with a shortbread base, a sweet, maple filling and lots of nuts. They set up beautifully, so they cut nicely and are perfect for anything from a bake sale to a BBQ, to a sweets table.

These Maple Walnut Squares are delicious, sweet bites with tons of maple flavour in the filling, lots of nuts and a crispy shortbread crust.

And they taste just like butter tarts! (And that’s a very good thing :)


Maple Walnut Squares

Maple Walnut Squares
 
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Delicious sweet maple squares, with a shortbread base, a maple syrup filling and lots of nuts!
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 12 squares

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Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

  • Filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy (35%) whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla

  • 2/3-3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans, or a mixture of both)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan (with straight sides) with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on at least two sides (for removing it easily after baking).
  2. In a food processor (or in a bowl with a pastry cutter or two knives), whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and pulse/cut until mixture starts to come together. Stir in 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts. Pat evenly in to prepared 8-inch pan.
  3. Bake crust in centre of the preheated 350 F. oven until golden and set, about 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven, but leave oven on. While crust is baking, whisk together the filling ingredients and set aside. Then, scatter nuts evenly over a baking sheet and set aside.
  4. Once base is out of the oven, place baking sheet with the nuts in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until nuts are lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove nuts from oven and scatter over cooked crust. Re-whisk filling, the pour over-top. Use a fork to evenly distribute the nuts floating on top, if necessary.
  5. Place in 350 F. oven and bake until filling is set about 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack, then carefully lift out of pan using the parchment paper edges. (I like to refrigerate for a bit before cutting in to squares, just to make the whole process neater, but the squares are quite sturdy without refrigerating, once cooled.) Cut in to squares. Eat as is, or serve on a dessert plate with a dollop of whipped cream and a scattering of nuts.
 

Cook’s Notes

I like a combination of pecans and walnuts in these squares. Use what you have or like.

If neatness of squares is important (for presentation), once cooled, remove to a cutting board and cut off all the edges by about 1/2-3/4 inch, then cut the remaining piece in to equal squares.

While these are sweet, they are not over-the-top sweet. The nuts do a great job of tempering the sweetness, especially slightly bitter walnuts.

If you like the sweet/salty combination, sprinkle some finishing salt (like Maldon’s/Fleur de Sel) on top as soon as the squares come out of the oven.

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29 Comments

  • Hi Jennifer,
    These look so darn tasty and I was drooling over them when I got home yesterday and tried to thaw out! Butter tarts take me back to memories of my grandmother who made the best tarts ever. I just have to have a bite of these so I will take the recipe over to my sister in law’s and we’ll make them for the whole family. Thanks!

  • Hi
    I made this one today. If I can show picture that I made , I’d like show you . Because exactly same as your picture !
    Again, it is so delicious and flavor are delicate. Bottom of crust are so not so dry at all, and when you are eating still crunch on your mouth .
    Well, you did again ! This is my favorite repeat recipe !!

    Thank you !

  • Yay! I adore maple everything but maple products are very expensive here (if you can find them at all…I still yearn for proper maple candy) so reliable recipes are a must. The last time I made a maple slice it was very crumbly and hard to cut so I’m looking forward to giving this one a go. I love the idea of finishing it with a few salt flakes, too. I think it’s a rare find in the US, but if you ever happen to come across Murray River Pink Salt flakes, grab them and run. There will always be a place for Fleur de Sel, but I swear you’ll ditch the Maldon forever.

    • Maple syrup is expensive here, too (and we make a lot of it here in Canada :). These are very easy to cut. As I mention in my post, I like to refrigerate them a bit before cutting, just to make it that much easier to get a nice neat cut. As for the salt, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for that pink salt. I am a huge sweet/salt fan, so I love to try different salts. Thanks!

  • Hi Jennifer, again, a fantastic Maple Syrup recipe. I just had to put the first batch in the freezer to make me stop eating ;-). Delicious! Makes this Dutch girl very happy and longing for a good Canadian Summer this year!

    • So glad you enjoyed them and I do the freezing thing too. It doesn’t totally stop me, but it does slow me down ;)

  • Planned on making the maple syrup skillet pudding cake receipe this weekend but didn’t have 35% whipping cream, so I just switched recipes! Followed your instructions to a tee. Used all pecans & 10% cream (what I had on hand). The squares turned out delicious – not overly sweet like butter tarts. And much easier to make! You said 12 sevings but we ended up with less. Guess we were being pigish!

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