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If there was ever a recipe that screams fall, it’s these Brown Sugar Maple Pumpkin Butter Bars with Vanilla Espresso Glaze. Made with nutty browned butter, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin butter, and white chocolate. Then generously glazed with a sweet, thick, and creamy vanilla espresso glaze. There’s really nothing not to love about these autumn-spiced pumpkin bars. The true secret? Brown butter, brown sugar, and sweet pumpkin butter. They keep these bars incredibly flavorful, soft, gooey, and so delicious. These bars require so little effort to make. They’re salty-sweet, heavy on the pumpkin butter, and every last bite is truly delicious.

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Do you visit Trader Joe’s often? If you do, have you seen their Pumpkin Blondie Brownies? Well, it’s that sweet dessert that inspired me to make these bars.

To be honest, the name, Pumpkin Blondie Brownies, is what excited me most. It caught my attention and made me want to recreate the blondie brownies at home. But then I started working on them. I quickly realized that there was no way to make a pumpkin brownie blondie. It’s either one or the other. 

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And that’s when I scratched the original concept and made these. 

And I LOVE these. They took me a while to perfect, but these are so GOOD. 

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Here are details 

These are not your average pumpkin bar, which honestly, I can find a little boring. These are not boring. Think of them like a pumpkin latte with brown sugar syrup and a couple of espresso shots. 

There’s also browned butter, spiced pumpkin butter, and white chocolate too. So much pumpkin flavor with the concentrated pumpkin butter. 

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Start out by browning salted butter on the stove. Browning the butter really adds a rich nutty flavor to these bars and makes them just a touch cozier. Perfect as we head into the cooler, shorter days of autumn. Once the butter is browned, remove it from the stove, and dump in all of the remaining ingredients.

Brown sugar, pumpkin butter, eggs, vanilla, flour, and spices (lots of cinnamon). Then stir in the white chocolate chips. Or go for semi-sweet/dark chocolate. Either is delicious!

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This makes up the dough. Pretty simple. 

Spread the dough out into a pan, then bake. As the bars bake away, you’ll have incredible wafts of cinnamon, pumpkin, and butter in the air. It’s the coziest smell, especially on a dreary cold day. 

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For the pumpkin butter, I used my 6 Ingredient Spiced Pumpkin Butter, but of course, you can use store-bought pumpkin butter too.

I took inspiration from my pumpkin spice latte (do we need my easy homemade recipe?), and decided on a vanilla espresso glaze. It’s just some browned butter, powdered sugar, brewed espresso, and vanilla. 

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It’s thick, creamy, and makes each pumpkin bar addicting. The glaze seeps into every nook and cranny of the bars.

Complete perfection. Tip: bake these up and enjoy them while burning my pumpkin smash candle – oh so cozy! 

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Looking for other sweet fall recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Fluffy Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Cinnamon Crunch Apple Butter Soft Pretzel Knots

Old Fashioned Caramel Apple Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter Bread

6 Ingredient Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Double the Streusel Apple Butter Bars

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter

Lastly, if you make these Brown Sugar Maple Pumpkin Butter Bars, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Brown Sugar Maple Pumpkin Butter Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories Per Serving: 227 kcal

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Ingredients

espresso glaze

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. Add the butter to a medium pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown, until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour into a large bowl. Let cool 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar, pumpkin butter, maple, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate. Spread the dough out into the prepared dish.
    3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, just until set in the center. Let cool.
    4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Add the butter to a small pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, espresso, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle the glaze over the bars. Let set for 5 minutes. Cut into bars, snack, and enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    I made these as gluten free bars. They turned out to be a big hit at our Thanksgiving dinner. I will make these again. Love the flavors in these bars.

  2. Excited to make these! Wondering how much maple syrup (1/4 of a cup?) please let me know and thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes!

    1. Hi Sydney,
      Yes, for this recipe you will want to use 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope this recipe turns out well for you! xx

  3. 3 stars
    Wish I would have read the comments before trying this recipe as I would have lowered the amount of baking soda, powder, and perhaps egg. Mine came out like others have mentioned – tall and more cake like and consistency than bar. Also, not sure why but my glaze was nearly the same color as the cake/bars vs cream colored and was also more runny. Followed the recipe exactly and all ingredients were fresh. On the positive the flavor is good and we’re enjoying them nonetheless!

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear you didn’t love them. Sounds like your glaze just needed some more powdered sugar:) xx

  4. Absolutely delicious and can’t wait for my family to try these tomorrow! How should they be stored? Do they need to be refrigerated?

    1. Hey Monica,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! You can keep in airtight on the counter:) Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

      1. 5 stars
        These are so tasty especially since I used the cinnamon maple glaze from the apple butter bar recipe!!! I did use 1 egg, 1/2Tsp baking soda and they came out denser and very moist so I’m happy. It’s like a weird in between of a brownie cake bread thingy

        1. Hey Mariana,
          Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:)

  5. 3 stars
    These have such great flavor but it definitely came out with a more cake consistency like previous reviews have stated. Any recommendations for how to make it more bar like?

    1. Hey Melina,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback! You can try reducing the baking soda and powder to see if that helps! Happy Thanksgiving! xx

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! It filled my house with such a cozy and classic fall smell. It came out a bit like a cake/loaf, perhaps I whipped it for too long? Not sure, don’t care, because it taste so great! I will definitely make these again to try and get the bar density down! Great recipe – thank you for sharing!!

    1. Hey Elizabeth,
      Happy Monday!! So glad to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for giving it a go! You could try reducing the baking powder and soda next time! xT

  7. 3 stars
    These had good flavor but i wish i would have adjusted the recipe! They were a bit dry and very cake like, not gooey or chewy like a brownie. Maybe less baking time and less leavening would have fixed this problem, possibly adding more fat as well. Baked for 25 min, would do less!

    1. Hey Sophie,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear you didn’t love them! xx

      1. Mine came out tall like a cake also, delicious but not the chewy brownie bar consistency I was hoping for. I’ll try again tweaking the ingredients.

  8. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING! Wow! I did the one egg, 1/2 teaspoon of baking power and they came out perfect! Thank you so much for the absolutely delicious recipe!

    Tips on storing them? Thoughts on freezing them?

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Happy Monday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback! So glad they were enjoyed:) You can keep in an airtight container on the counter and yes you can totally freeze!! xT

    2. I am curious as to why one egg and half the amount of baking powder? For less cakey bars maybe? I want to make these but curious before I do if you would make the same way again? Any tips or advice on this?

  9. 5 stars
    These bars were a hit with my small group! Everyone had seconds. One girl even said I bake really well, but I give you the credit for making up this recipe. the bars made my house smell amazing! They did turn out cakey, not like a traditional bar, but they were very popular, and that’s all that matters. Thanks Tieghan! Abigail

    1. Hey Abigail,
      Awesome!! 🍂 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for trying it out! xx