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October 1, 2021

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Maple Bourbon Pecan Shortbread Squares

Maple Bourbon Pecan Shortbread Squares. These will be your lifesaving go-to easy-peasy dessert! Buttery, Brown Sugar, Bourbon, Pecan & Milk Chocolate filled GOODNESS! Make these the night before an event and you are good-to-go! The best melt in your mouth, cozy fall treat to share with all your friends and family!

Must-Have Ingredient!

Marich Milk Chocolate Maple Bourbon Pecans

These are absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! Not only are these amazing for baking.. they are the BEST little treat after a long day! Fulfilling with an unmatched rich flavor. You can buy these directly through Marich! I have a discount code that will save you some money on the endless options of their chocolates!

What Makes Marich The Best on The Market?

What makes Marich so special is that all packaged Marich Pancrafted Chocolates are fair trade certified. When you buy Fair Trade Certified, you are giving back to the Cocoa growers! The farmers can then create a better work environment and help their community! To learn more, CLICK HERE!

Nicole Carey Co. Discount Code

The discount code: NICOLE25

This will save you 25% off all things Marich! Without a doubt, you won’t be checking out with just the Maple Bourbon Pecans! There is such a wonderful variety of goodies to satisfy your chocolate needs!

Also! If you spend over $50 (which you will *wink wink*) you get FREE SHIPPING! What more could you ask for?!

CLICK HERE to shop Marich’s full collection! They have so many seasonal goodies, which makes their brand SO exciting! You never know what they’re going to release NEXT!!!

I would recommend following them on Instagram & Facebook in order to stay in the loop on all their promotions, new releases and recipes!

Recommended High-Quality Ingredient:

Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste

This is my go-to brand for all my vanilla needs. I use Nielsen Massey’s Vanilla Bean Paste in most ALL of my recipes it is THAT good!!!! You can get this from Amazon HERE!

What You’re Here For: The Recipe!

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Maple Bourbon Pecan Shortbread Squares

  • Author: Nicole Carey
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 squares 1x


The perfect shortbread crust with the most addicting ooey gooey butter infused brown sugar pecan filling. Dusted with the perfect touch of powdered sugar on top! Make these the day before your event and you’ll be asked to make them again next time! Buttery, chocolatey, pecan filled shortbread squares! 



Shortbread Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold salted butter, cubed

Milk Chocolate Maple Bourbon Pecan Filling


  • 2 tablespoons Powdered Sugar


Shortbread Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour and granulated sugar.
  3. Using pastry blender or by hand, cut in butter to flour & sugar mixture.
  4. Press into 13 x 9 parchment lined pan.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside on cooling rack.

Milk Chocolate Maple Bourbon Pecan Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and brown sugar.
  2. Add melted butter, vinegar and vanilla bean paste. Stir well to combine.
  3. Stir in chopped Marich Milk Chocolate Maple Bourbon Pecans.
  4. Pour mixture over baked shortbread crust.
  5. Place back in oven for 20 to 25 minutes. The center will be a little jiggly and it will be firm when touched. This is how it should be!
  6. Cool bars in pan on baking rack for at least 2 hours before cutting. The longer you wait – the better!
  7. Once cooled – cut into desired size of bars.
  8. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.
  9. ENJOY!


Oven Tip:

  • If the sides are getting brown while in oven, you can put foil around the edges to keep it from being overdone. I personally love the crispier and softer pieces.

Storing Tip:

  • You can store these in the refrigerator for up to one week. Allow bars to warm up to room temperature before serving!
  • This are best served next day! Plan ahead and these will be the hit of your party!
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! The Marich Milk Chocolate Maple Bourbon Pecans are the true star of the show. Without a doubt, I know you will find those and more you love over on Marich’s website HERE! The best chocolate & unique flavor profiles that you will DIE for once you get your hands on them.


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  1. Cody says:

    Forget grandmas cherry pie! This dessert takes my sweet tooth to the next level.

    • Nicole Carey says:

      YES!!!! Although I love some good cherry pie.. this is a great option for a quick treat!!! Thank you! xoxo, Nicole Carey

  2. Julie Troeppl Milstead says:

    So yummy, fast and easy to make! Nicole you give great tips and your advice and recipes for your showcase item is easy to follow and makes me feel like a professional baker. Thanks for always sharing.

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Thank you thank you!!! I’m so glad you loved them! Can’t wait for what is to come. Thank you for your endless support!! xoxo, Nicole Carey

  3. Kelsie Gardner says:

    I cannot wait to try this recipe!!! I am not a fan of shortbread, but this recipe looks incredible! Thank you for including the ingredients, pictures of them, and where to get them. This is super helpful since I am a beginner baker. I’m so glad you have a coupon code for us to use too! Can’t wait to try!! Also, I love the set up of your website! It’s super easy to navigate and it’s simple and beautiful!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      YAY!! Thank you Kelsie!!! You will LOVE all things Marich! They truly are the highest quality out there!! I promise, this shortbread you will LOVE!!! I usually don’t love shortbread either but you’re destined to fall in love! I’m always here to help!! Reach out on social or through email!! & thank you! I’ve worked hard to get it to where it is! I can’t wait for what the future holds!!! xoxo, Nicole Carey!

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