Chewy Pumpkin Blondies

Pumpkin Blondies

These chewy pumpkin blondies are the perfect fall dessert! With a texture that is chewy like a brownie, not cakey, they are decadent and delicious. Caramel filling really adds to the flavor, but can be left out if desired. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, blondies, brownies, caramel, dessert, pumpkin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 272kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups brown sugar firmly packed
  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten and at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 tsp grond cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 10 oz package Brach's Milk Maid Caramels squares unwrapped
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream milk can be used if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • First, line a 13x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray (the caramel can make this very sticky!)
  • In a medium size pot, combine brown sugar, butter and pumpkin. Cook over medium heat, stirring until all ingredients have melted and combined. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • While mixture is cooling, combine flour, baking powder, 1 tsp salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Stir well to combine.
  • Once liquid mixture has cooled, add beaten eggs and vanilla and stir well to combine. It's important the mixture is cooled to avoid cooking the eggs when you add them. Next, add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined, but do not overmix.
  • Place caramels and cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on High for 1 minute, then stir. Cook on 50% power for 30 seconds, then stir again. Repeat at 50% power until thoroughly melted, being careful to avoid scorching.
  • Scoop half the blondie batter into the prepared pan. Spread until mixture fully covers the bottom of the pan. Next, drizzle caramel sauce over blondie batter. Finally, scoop remaining blondie batter over the top of caramel, then spread to cover caramel.
  • Bake for approximately 33-38 minutes or until top appears fully cooked and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool prior to cutting.
  • Serve at room temperature, or heat for 15-20 seconds in microwave to warm. If serving warm, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  • Store tightly wrapped.

Notes

If desired you can add in one cup of pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips! 
Make sure to line and spray your pain. The caramel can cause sticking to the pan if not properly prepared. 
If you don't have caramels on hand, it's okay to skip them. 

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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