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Air Fryer Maple Pecan Bars

Air Fryer Maple Pecan Bars

If you're looking for a delicious treat that's both easy to make and healthy, you'll love these air fryer maple pecan bars. They're made with just a few simple ingredients, and they're perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Plus, the air fryer cooks them up perfectly every time. So give them a try today!

Course Baked Goods, Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Dessert Recipes, Air Fryer Easy Dessert Recipes, Air Fryer Easy Desserts, Air Fryer Maple Pecan Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 255 kcal


Shortbread Bottom:

  • 1 stick butter unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt omit if using salted butter

Pecan Topping:

  • 6 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (2%, 1%, or Skim)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans


  1. Line a 2 qt (10x6) oven-safe baking dish ( or an 8x8 oven-safe baking dish) with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Preheat the air fryer to 300 degrees F, air fryer setting.

  3. Cut the cold butter into small cubes.

  4. Combine the flour, brown sugar, butter, and salt in a large bowl.

  5. Using a beater or a fork to thoroughly mix the ingredients, mashing the butter as you go.

  6. Once you’ve mixed it up and there aren’t any large lumps in it, transfer it to your parchment-lined baking dish.

  7. Press the mixture down carefully in the baking dish,  against the edges filling it out evenly, until it’s nice and flat, covering the bottom

  8. Place the baking dish into the air fryer. Bake or air fry the crust (depending on what settings your air fryer has) for about 18 minutes.

  9. While the crust is cooking you can make the filling. Add the butter and brown sugar to a medium pan on the stove. Bring it to a boil and pour in the milk & maple syrup. Stirring frequently. Continue to cook for about two-three minutes, remove from heat and add pecans.

  10. By this point, the crust should be a golden color and it should’ve started to firm up a little. Remove the crust from the air fryer.

  11. Pour the maple mixture over the crust and place the bars back into the air fryer. Cook for about 18-20 minutes.

  12. The bars are done when they start to form tiny bubbles on top, and the entire top has firmed up. If you need to: add 5 minutes and check again. As air fryer models and temperatures do vary and you do  want to make sure it’s set enough before removing it from the air fryer

  13. When it is finished cooking, allow it to cool for about 30 minutes, it will firm up even more after cooking.

  14. Remove bars, by lifting parchment paper up and out. Use a knife to cut the bars into squares of your choice. This yields about 8-12 bars depending on how big you cut them.

  15. Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Maple Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 135mg4%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 28IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.