You can thank Trader Joe’s for this delicious fall treat.
Trust me, this will be the winner of the holiday table this year.
Samples. That is how Trader Joe’s gets you. I went in looking for spinach and raspberries, (don’t ask) but I got cornered by a kind lady in an apron handing out heaven on a napkin.
Fast forward to when I buy a thousand boxes of Trader Joe’s Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix. (I forgot my raspberries).
1 Box of Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix
3 tbsp of water
10 tbsp of butter (8 for the crust, 2 for the filling)
You’ll also need a mixer (or a heavy duty spoon and strong hands) and a pan for the bars. I love my 8×8 Pyrex brownie pan. (Marshall’s $5).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then grease your pan.
Next, cut the stick of butter into 8 cubes and toss them into the mixer along with your crust packet. Mix on low until the dough looks like crumbs. Then speed it a little until the mix looks and feels like cookie dough.
Press the dough crust into the bottom or your pan and then put it in the oven for about 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
While the crust is baking, make the filling. This part is super easy. Open the filling packet and then add 3 tbsp of water and the remaining 2 tbsp of butter. (You may want to slightly melt those first to make life even easier).
Hand stir the filling until is combined and tasty looking. Once the crust is done, pour the filling over the crust and put it back into the oven for 30-35 minutes. Err on the side of caution and start with 30 minutes. (You can always add more time).
Once the the bars look golden and smell delicious, take them out of the oven and let them cool for about 20 minutes before cutting them up and serving. Enjoy!
(Try not to eat them all in one sitting)!