Rich Maple Butter Bars

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With a shortbread-like crust, a rich creamy topping, and a decadent maple flavor throughout, these Rich Maple Butter Bars are a delightfully sweet dessert that is perfect for fall. 

Rich Maple Butter Bars on plates.

We’re Making Rich Maple Butter Bars

Like many of you, the autumn season has all of my favorite flavors. From pumpkin to apple to cinnamon and everything between, I just can’t get enough. Maple is another favorite and it wouldn’t feel right to let the season pass without whipping up a tasty maple dessert recipe. 

rich maple butter bars on a platter.

That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to bring you these Rich Maple Butter Bars. The base of these bars is a light shortbread-like cookie. They get topped with a rich maple-infused creamy custard that bakes up to pure decadence. The combo of the two works nicely together and with that splash of maple extract, these really suit the season.  

I took my rich maple butter bars to the next level by dressing them up with some of my cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies. I had some extra pie dough on hand and I thought it would make these dessert bars look extra special. This additional step is totally optional, however, these cookies are simple to make and add a lovely finishing touch. You can grab the recipe HERE.

Want more maple recipes for fall? Try these:

Rich Maple Butter Bars on a platter.

I also want to mention the platter that I’m serving these on. I’m certain the pattern has a name (let me know if you know in the comments below), but it always reminds me of dinner at my great aunt’s house. I see this pattern all the time at antique stores. It comes in bowls, plates, dinnerware, etc. I finally decided to pick up this larger platter. It works perfectly for serving up tasty fall treats like these bars and adds a touch of nostalgia. Love that!

rich maple butter bars on plates.


Before we go any further, I want to quickly mention that today I’m being joined by my Tastes of the Season blogger friends. So, if you too are a huge fan of anything maple, be sure to check out our delicious collection of maple-inspired recipes at the end of this post. You can bet that every recipe is delish. I’ve already added several to my fall baking list.

And with all of that out of the way, let’s get baking!

rich maple butter bars on a platter.

How to Make: 

I’ll walk you through the steps here. I’ve also provided a detailed ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card below. 

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with baking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla. 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. 
making rich maple butter bars.
  1. Using your hands, press this mixture into your prepared pan. 
  2. With a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. 
  3. Add in confectioners’ sugar, eggs, maple syrup, and maple extract. Beat until smooth. 
  4. Pour this mixture over the base layer in the pan. 
making rich maple butter bars.
  1. Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown and the center is set but still slightly jiggly. 
  2. Optional: Once removed from the oven, immediately top with cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies.
making rich maple butter bars.
  1. Allow the bars to cool completely. Slice into 20 small rectangles. 
  2. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Serve and enjoy the flavors of fall!

Pretty straightforward, right?

I’d like to tell you that you could make this recipe without a mixer, but because you will need to eliminate any clumps in your cream cheese, a mixer will be the best way to do it. Trust me. I tried.

rich maple butter bar on plate with fork.

Recipes Notes:

I did mention this above, but I just wanted to remind you that can get the recipe for my cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies HERE. They are totally optional, but I think they add a little something extra to these rich maple butter bars. You can find the leaf cookie cutters I used HERE and HERE.

As these bars sit, the initial sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar will go away. Consequently, I recommend another sprinkle just before serving them. I store a bit of confectioners’ sugar in a container like THIS ONE which makes it fuss-free to add a little shake of sugar whenever you need it.

rich maple butter bars on plate.
rich maple butter bar on a plate.

Enjoy and Happy Baking! 

That’s a wrap on another fabulous fall dessert recipe. If you’re looking for a new autumnal sweet, definitely give these rich maple butter bars a try. 

Enjoy them? I’d love to know! Be sure to stop back and leave a message and a five-star rating in the comment section below. 
Happy Fall Y’all! 

Tastes of the Season Maple Recipes: 

And if you’re craving more maple goodness (I am!), be sure to visit my blogger friends below. Don’t their recipes look wonderful? I’m confident you’ll find more deliciousness to try.

Tastes of the Season Maple Recipes

Maple Butter Twist Bread by Ella Claire & Co. | No-Churn Maple Pecan Praline Ice Cream by Freutcake | Rich Maple Butter Bars by Inspired by Charm

Tastes of the Season Maple Recipes

Roasted Maple Spiced Mixed Nuts by Zevy Joy | Easy Homemade Toasted Maple Granolaby Handmade Farmhouse

rich maple butter bars on a platter.

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rich maple butter bars on a platter.

Rich Maple Butter Bars

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, dessert, fall baking, maple
Servings: 20
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
With a shortbread-like crust, a rich creamy topping, and a decadent maple flavor throughout, these Rich Maple Butter Bars are a delightfully sweet dessert that is perfect for fall.

Ingredients

Topping:
  • 1 ½ package - 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cup confectioners’ sugar - plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon maple extract
  • 20 cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies*

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 pan with baking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Then, in a medium bowl whisk together the butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Using your hands, press this mixture into your prepared pan.
  • Next, with a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the confectioners’ sugar, eggs, maple syrup, and maple extract. Beat until smooth. Pour this mixture over the base layer in the pan.
  • Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown and the center is set, but still slightly jiggly.
  • Optional: Once removed from the oven, immediately top with cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely. Slice into 20 small rectangles.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. (If needed, sprinkle again with more confectioners’ sugar before serving.)

Notes

You can get the recipe for my cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies HERE.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 120mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 343IUCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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  • Candice at

    The platter is Jewel Tea Company Autumn Leaf pattern. It was made from 1933-1978 and is the prize collection of Jewel Tea patterns. It just screams fall.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • Leah at

    I’ve never wanted to reach through a screen and grab something so bad. These look mouthwatering! You cake everything so inviting.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re the best! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

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