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Caramel Pumpkin Butter Bars

These bars will melt in your mouth with a soft, buttery crust and an ooey, gooey pumpkin caramel filling!

 

Caramel Pumpkin Butter Bars

Caramel Pumpkin Butter Bars

Caramel Pumpkin Butter Bars

Pumpkin Caramel Sauce

  • 12 ounces store-bought caramel sauce
  • ½ cup (123g) pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Butter Bars

  • 2 cups (4 sticks or 452g) Challenge Butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups (186g) confectioners sugar
  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour

Directions

  • 1
    Pour caramel into a bowl. Add in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice and stir well. Set aside.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 325°F.
  • 3
    Prepare a 9x13 dish by spraying with non-stick spray or by using the butter & flour method.
  • 4
    In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand-held mixer), cream together the butter, and sugars, about 3 minutes.
  • 5
    With the mixer off, add in the flour. Turn mixer on low and mix until the flour is fully incorporated or about 30 seconds. The dough will be very soft.
  • 6
    Press half of the dough into the prepared pan and make sure it is a smooth, even layer.
  • 7
    Bake for 25 minutes. The crust is done when it does not appear shiny and is starting to turn a light golden brown.
  • 8
    Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  • 9
    Pour the pumpkin caramel sauce over the baked crust.
  • 10
    From the remaining dough, crumble between your fingers and sprinkle over top of the pumpkin caramel.
  • 11
    Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  • 12
    Cool completely before cutting. (I usually refrigerate overnight.) These bars are sweet so I recommend cutting into 24 smaller pieces when serving.

Recipe By

I Am Baker

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside. An award-winning writer, photographer, blogger and baker, Amanda’s true passion is supporting others in their creative projects and building up online and offline communities.