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Trader Joe’s Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix, reviewed

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Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix, reviewed
Regular readers will know that Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to shop and I always look forward to their seasonal products. Seasonal releases include staples like canned pumpkin, puff pastry and sweetened condensed milk, but they also include fun new candies and baking mixes. This Trader Joe’s Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix caught my eye in the “new products” section on my last visit and I was sold once an employee told me how good they were.

The box mix includes two packets of ingredients – one for the shortbread base and one for the topping – and you’ll need to provide your own butter, egg and water to bring everything together.

Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix, reviewed

I like that the mix gives you a couple of different options for making the crust, allowing you to choose between cutting the butter in to the dry ingredients or softening the butter and creaming it in, depending on how much time you have and what tools you have in your kitchen. The crust mix is pressed into a square baking pan and baked, then topped with the crust mix. The crust mix is packed with nuts and creates a perfect layer on top of the shortbread. The maple pecan mix is sweet, so it’s good that it’s not too thick. The baked bars are very well balanced with their crisp, buttery base and a chewy, nutty topping. You get a lot of maple flavor because the topping uses maple sugar (an ingredient I would like to see again on shelves!) and not artificial maple flavoring. In fact, the bars have a very short ingredient list that reads almost exactly like a made-from-scratch recipe.

Not only were the bars tasty, but the baking mix was easy to use and the baking time on the package was accurate. In short, these bars get a thumbs up from me and I’ll definitely keep a box in my pantry for a quick dessert option this fall.

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  • Speattle
    October 4, 2017

    I thought these were amazing. I used a food processor to mix the crust with the cold butter option and it turned out beautifully.

    I brought these to a club meeting today and everyone wanted the recipe. All were very surprised to learn it was a box mix.

    I’ll be buying this again. Hope that Trader Joe keeps this as a year round product.

  • Oldfan58
    November 7, 2017

    Just tried these this past weekend. The texture and yummyness were a wonderful cross between pecan pie and shortbread. These are better than scratch. Question here, the center most squares were just slightly soft so am considering a little more cooking time. Anybody? Also, what would happen to the chess pie effect if I added one more egg. Thoughts? (Don’t ask me why I want to improve on perfection)

  • Nancy C.
    February 24, 2018

    Why is this delicious Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix no longer available in Marin County, California Trader Joe’s?

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