Think pecan pie filling, but with chocolate, hazelnuts, and significantly less work. These easy Salted Hazelnut Chocolate Maple Rum Bars are layered with festive flavors and satisfying textures.
During the holiday season we do it all for the cookie. In the month of December I bake more cookies than I do during the other 11 months of the year combined. And I make a wholelotta cookies throughout the year. However, sometimes we just need to keep it easy. By skipping all of the fussy decorating and baking up a quick batch of cookie bars, you save yourself time. Without sacrificing the festive feeling of holiday sweetness.
A quick & simple treat
There is something particularly special about these bars. They seems to capture people's treat loving hearts this time of year. Maybe it's the magical mix of indulgent ingredients or the simple fact that they contain rum. I think I can speak for most of us when I say we could use a little nip of something around the holidays. You'll find these Salted Hazelnut Chocolate Maple Rum Bars have got that extra something that seems to make everyone smile.
Think pecan pie filling but with chocolate, maple, hazelnuts & significantly less work
The filling is similar to a pecan pie filling in texture. But instead of pecans and corn syrup, the decadent filling is made with crunchy hazelnuts, rich maple syrup and spiced rum. There is a smooth and melty dark chocolate layer between the nutty, smooth filling and the press-in brown sugar shortbread cookie base.
A salty sprinkle balances the rich sweetness
To finish, the Hazelnut Chocolate Maple Rum Bars are liberally sprinkled with crunchy sea salt flakes to bring those intensely indulgent flavors back down to earth. That balance in the sweet and salty is right where it needs to be.
Easy instructions for texture
If you want something that will satisfy everyone this holiday season, these flavor filled cookie bars are it. Considering how much flavor and texture is happening, you'd think they were complicated to make. Honestly, they are as simple as can be.
Just layer the goods in a single cake pan and bake away. Save yourself time and bake your friends and family a batch of these sweet, salty and simple Salted Hazelnut Chocolate Maple Rum Bars for the holidays this year.
This recipe for these indulgent and festive cookie bars, along with my Vanilla Shortbread Tree Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting and my Iced Orange Currant Oatmeal Cookies, can be found in the 2019 Bake From Scratch Magazine Holiday Cookies issue. Get your copy today!Print