Crunchy Pecan Shortbread Bars

Crunchy Pecan Shortbread Bars

1-1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup maple-flavored syrup
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups Post Selects Maple Pecan Crunch Cereal

  1. Mix flour and granulated sugar in medium bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom of greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until very lightly browned.

  2. Mix egg, syrup, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter and vanilla until well blended. Stir in cereal until well coated. Spread evenly over warm crust.

  3. Bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until topping is firm around edges and slightly soft in center. Cool completely on wire rack.

Cut into 24 bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with melted semi-sweet baking chocolate, if desired.