Penzey's Pumpkin Bars With Brown Butter Icing

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

recipe from the most recent Penzey's catalog. Haven't made yet, but will soon. Both my boys love pumpkin desserts and this sounds great.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For bars:.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Cream butter.
  4. Add brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla; mix well.
  5. In separate bowl, sift all of dry ingredients together.
  6. Gradually add to the wet mixture and mix well.
  7. Pour into a greased 9x-inch13 pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Let cool then top with brown butter icing.
  9. Icing directions:.
  10. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat butter over low heat until it is a light brown color.
  11. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.
  12. Whisk until smooth and well blended.
Most Helpful

5 5

Delicious and moist! These bars melt in your mouth! Love it, make a quadruple batch, turned out amazing. ONLY, I made some brown butter CREAM CHEESE icing, instead. Turned out wonderfully. Thanks for sharing. This is a keeper.

5 5

Picked this recipe up at Penzey's and have made them numerous times. Everyone loves them! Browning butter for the frosting gives the bars a wonderful flavor. As written, the frosting will be difficult to work with, not very spreadable, more like a fondant. I think it would be more effective to cool the butter to room temperature, then beat in the other frosting ingedients. I prefer the bars as is, but made a note on my recipe card for a less sweet version to try halving the icing and thinning with milk to make more of a glaze or drizzle. Thanks for sharing the recipe!