Maple Brown Sugar Bourbon Bars
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Maple Brown Sugar Bourbon Bars

Yield: 1 8x8-inch pan (16 bars)
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Soft and chewy blondie bars made with maple syrup, walnuts, brown sugar, browned butter and a hit of bourbon. Top them off with maple bourbon glaze, and you have a fall-flavored dessert that is impossible to resist.

Ingredients

For the Bars:

  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour — plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon — (if you prefer to omit, decrease white whole wheat flour by 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons bourbon — or milk or cream

Instructions

  1. Place rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8x8 in pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs on the sides, grease once more and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the white whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter in a large saucepan and over medium-low heat. Once the butter melts, it will foam, turn clear golden, then begin to turn brown and smell nutty. Whisk often, scraping up any bits from the bottom. Watch the pan very carefully, as the butter will brown very soon after it begins to color and can burn quickly. Once the butter is deep golden and very fragrant, remove it from heat.
  4. Whisk the brown sugar, maple syrup, and bourbon into the saucepan with the browned butter until smooth. Let cool to lukewarm, then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Pour the maple butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk by hand until combined. Fold in the chopped toasted walnuts.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the bars pull away from the sides of the pan slightly. For clean cutting, let cool completely. Use the parchment paper overhand as “handles” to transfer the a cutting board.
  6. Prepare the glaze: Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over bars, then slice bars into desired sizes and serve.

Recipe Notes

Store leftover bars well-wrapped in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to three days or wrap individually and freeze for up to three months.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert Recipe, Maple Brown Sugar Bourbon Bars

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