Pumpkin Spice Bars with Bourbon Butter Glaze
Recipe type: dessert
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Serves: 9 bars
For the bars
  • ¾ C butterscotch chips
  • ½ C unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1¾ C all purpose flour
  • ⅛ tsp salt
For the glaze
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ C bourbon
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking dish with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. To make the bars: in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and butterscotch chips, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to allow to slightly cool so the egg doesn't scramble when you add it. Once the mixture is cooler, add the egg, sugar and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin puree and then add the flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 33 minutes.
  3. While the bars are baking, make the glaze. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a sauce pan. Add the bourbon and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and whisk in the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract. Gradually add the half and half until the desired consistency is reached. You may need to add more or less than what the recipe calls for. It all depends on your preference.
  4. Once the bars are done baking, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Pour the glaze over the bars and distribute evenly with the back side of a spoon. Allow to cool for 2-4 hours before serving. Once ready to serve, cut into 9 squares. If you prefer smaller squares, you can cut into 12 smaller squares.
UPDATE: A few readers have asked how to make the glaze without the bourbon. To make the glaze without the bourbon, make the following changes to the glaze recipe:

Omit the bourbon, add two more tablespoons of butter to step three and skip the simmering process. Add two extra tablespoons of half and half or milk, or whatever is needed in order to reach your desired consistency.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar
Recipe by This Gal Cooks at https://www.thisgalcooks.com/pumpkin-spice-bars-bourbon-butter-glaze/