Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
14 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Serves 25 (serving size: 1 bar)

Lightly pat the flour mixture into the bottom of the pan so the crust bakes evenly. Pine nuts can be expensive; pecans are a less pricey but equally delicious alternative.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk. Cut in cream cheese and butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray; pat mixture evenly into pan. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 3

Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

Step 4

Combine maple syrup and next 3 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Stir in pine nuts. Pour syrup mixture over crust, spreading nuts evenly over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. Cool. Cut into 25 squares.

Ratings & Reviews

Jwelling's Review

August 23, 2014

mwscott's Review

August 01, 2014

gmboucher's Review

January 31, 2014

Arreis's Review

December 19, 2013
After reading the first review, I almost didn't make these bars. But I'm glad I did. I brought them to a pot-luck holiday party. I cut them into small bite sized pieces. They looked very nice and tasted delicious. The reminded me of pecan pie, with a crust, caramel middle and a nut top. I use half the granulated sugar and it was sweet enough. I would make these bars again.

Satenig's Review

September 12, 2013
These were the most disgusting things I have ever made. They were way too sweet. Couldn't even handle them. All the gooey stuff all over your hands. And a complete waste of money on the pine nuts.

portland's Review

August 28, 2013