If you want to save some time and aren't worried about this being dairy free or strict paleo, instead of making the maple shortbread layer yourself, you can buy gluten free shortbread cookies (I recommend Pamela's shortbread cookies -they're linked in my original blog post.) and top them with the caramel and candied pecans. Note that if you use Pamela's (or any brand, really) they may contain allergens or traces of those allergens so read the ingredients and allergen statement carefully and always contact the manufacturer directly if you are unsure of anything. This shortcut allows you to skip steps 3-5 and should save about 25 minutes.
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