Salted Maple Squares



15 min


1 h 15 min


16 squares

* PLUS Chilling time
Salted Maple Squares

Photography, Erik Putz. Food Styling, Dara Sutin. Prop Styling, Krystin Leigh Smith.

Faster than anything requiring a pastry crust, and perfect for socially distanced porch drop-offs, this salted maple squares recipe is truly bar none.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour , (140 g)
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar , (35 g)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar , (70 g)
  • 100 g maple sugar , such as Farm Boy
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 35% cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp flaked sea salt


  • Position rack in centre of oven and preheat to 400F. Line an 8 × 8-in. baking pan with parchment, leaving overhang on all sides.
  • Crust: Whirl 1 cup flour with 3 tbsp brown sugar and 1⁄8 tsp salt in a food processor until combined. Add cubed butter and continue whirling until dough clumps together, about 1 min. Sprinkle evenly over bottom of prepared pan, then firmly press down. Bake until light golden, 20 min.
  • Filling: Meanwhile, whirl 1/3 cup brown sugar with maple sugar and 1 tbsp flour in same food processor until combined. (No need to clean it first.) Add cream, maple syrup and eggs. Whirl until smooth.
  • Remove pan from oven and set on a heatproof surface. Pour maple mixture over hot crust. Return to oven and bake for 10 min. Remove pan from oven and set on a heatproof surface. Reduce oven temperature to 300F. Sprinkle flaked sea salt over maple filling.
  • Return to oven and bake until top is slightly cracked and no longer jiggly, 30 to 35 min. Transfer to a rack and cool completely, about 1 hr. Refrigerate for at least 2 hr to set filling.
  • Cut into 16 squares. Squares can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 190,
  • Protein
  • 2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g,
  • Fat
  • 9 g,
  • Sodium
  • 140 mg.

Kitchen tip

Maple sugar is available in fine or coarse granules or flakes, which can affect the cup measurement. Weighing the maple sugar will give you the most accurate results.