Maple Pecan Pie Bites

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

pinch of salt

6 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into slices

1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cream

4 tablespoons salted butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar and salt. Cut in the six tablespoons cold butter with your fingers, working the mixture together until crumbs form.

Press shortbread into a nine inch pan sprayed with cooking spray and bake for twenty minutes, or until golden.

Remove hot crust from oven and set aside. In a small saucepot, melt the remaining butter (four tablespoons). Add the brown sugar, maple syrup and cream and whisk well. Simmer for one minute while whisking continuously. Add the pecans and pour into the hot crust.

Bake for 18-20 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let cool for half an hour---this gives the bars a chance to harden.