Maple Pecan Caramel Brown Butter Blondie

Maple Pecan Caramel Brown Butter Blondies

To me Fall tastes like maple syrup. Perhaps that is because when I was little my Mom would make little maple candies with us after a crisp Fall afternoon of leaf gathering and apple picking, or perhaps I just have an unnatural obsession with the flavor.

Maple Pecan Brown Butter Blondies

Regardless of the origin of said obsession, yesterday afternoon I was sitting at my desk staring off into space dreaming about blondies and maple syrup and how I could get a whopping maple flavor into a blondie when, out of nowhere, everyday genius struck! What if I made a “caramel” with maple syrup instead of sugar?

Maple Pecan Caramel Brown Butter Blondies

I’ll tell you what happens. Magic. The result was sensational! It’s like a good marriage: caramel and maple syrup combined and the result is even better than either was single. You pour maple caramel coated pecans over this brown butter blondie and you have a dessert that people will be fighting over. Literally fighting.

Sprinkle fleur de sel on top and you have a flavor explosion that demands an ostentatious name like Maple Pecan Caramel Brown Butter Blondie. 

Now the Brown Butter Blondie bar bottom deserves its own moment in the spotlight because it is spectacular! It blows every other blondie I’ve ever had out of the water.

Maple Pecan Caramel Brown Butter Blondies

Yes, even this one. If you want an easy, one pot butterscotch blondie that tastes amazing then this one is still fabulous, but if you don’t mind a little extra time and muscle, then this new Brown Butter Blondie is dynamite. It’s rich and chewy and has that je ne sais quoi that only brown butter can add.

It’s my new favorite. Period.

Maple Pecan Brown Butter Blondies

Just gaze at it a little. Dripping maple syrup caramel. Toasted Pecans. Chewy brown butter blondie. Irresistible.

Maple Pecan Brown Butter Blondie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24

Maple Pecan Brown Butter Blondie

The best Brown Butter Blondie EVER is smothered with a homemade Maple Pecan Caramel in this sensational dessert! These are bars worth fighting over!


    For the Blondie:
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Maple Pecan "Caramel":
  • 4 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • 2 cups grade B maple syrup
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sweet cream, unsalted butter
  • 2 large pinches sea salt
  • Fleur de sel or more sea salt for sprinkling


    To make the Blondie:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 13x9x2 inch metal baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, swirling several times a minute, until browned bits cling to the bottom of the pan and the butter takes on a slightly nutty aroma. Transfer brown butter to a medium bowl.
  4. Add brown sugar and beat, with an electric mixer, until well combined and mixture resembles wet sand, 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until fluffy, 2 minutes. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. The batter will be very thick.
  6. Using an offset spatula, evenly spread batter in pan.
  7. Bake blondie until golden brown or a tester inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  8. To make the Maple Pecan “Caramel”:
  9. Toast pecans in 350° oven until the toasted nut aroma starts wafting through your kitchen, 10-12 minutes. Toss them about and check on them every several minutes. They will burn in a matter of minutes if you aren't careful.
  10. Pour maple syrup in a deep pot with a thick bottom. Being to a boil over medium heat and let boil softly for ~15 minutes. Stir every few minutes with a heat proof spatula or spoon to reduce the bubbles. You will notice that the syrup will start to coat the outside of the spatula or spoon and will cool quickly into a caramel-like consistency. It will resemble candy at the softball stage.
  11. Stir in the butter until it is completely melted and then add the cream, stirring constantly. It will not bubble up dangerously like caramel but it will still be very hot. Add the salt and then stir to mix.
  12. Remove from heat and stir in pecans to coat. Pour over cooled blondie and spread evenly.
  13. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Then remove from pan and cut into bars. Sprinkle with fleur de sel or sea salt.
  14. Make ahead: you can store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Let the bars come to room temperature before serving.


Blondie recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine, December 2011 Maple Caramel Recipe is my own creation.

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This recipe is linked to: Inspiration Monday, Merry Monday, Munching Monday, Monday Funday, Two Cup Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Party Time, Moonlight & Mason Jars, Gluten Free Wednesday, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Gluten Free Friday, Foodie Friday, Food on Friday, Flashback Friday, Saturday Night Fever


    • AmericanCooking22 says

      lol! no angry faces allowed here!

      do it! you’ll be blown away.

      ps- as I browned my butter, I thought of you!

  1. Deb says

    These look absolutely divine…sinful….delicious..fantastic…you just made my Friday a whole lot easier to face! :) Thank you for sharing, I plan to make them this weekend and I can’t wait!!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks, Deb! They are crazy delicious! I almost didn’t want to share them – just keep them all for myself! Let me know what you think when you try them!

  2. connie simpson says

    how do i get the recipe??? your mom just turned me on to them…… I’ve been baking the last 2 weekend for the holidays but these look fabulous and i have about 4 of pecans left…. will be making my last baking attempt this sunday….. could you send me the recipe??????

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Hi Connie!! I’m so glad my Mom sent you over here! The recipe is on the page of the post, so from the homepage you can click on the title of the post or you can click on “continue reading…” Once you are on the specific post’s page you can scroll down and the recipe is there. The page link is

      I will also email you ;-) Happy baking!

  3. Jacqui says

    I remember picking pecans with my grandma and love eating them raw! I would love to try this. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  4. says

    Holy cow, these look absolutely amazing! Thank you SO much for linking them up to last week’s Party Time Link Party! I’ve featured these bars in today’s Party Time post, and can’t WAIT to make these for myself!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thank YOU! I saw your link and just headed over to your site! You are going to love them…they are seriously so delicious. I made them over a year ago and I can *still* taste them!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      These will rock your world, bill! Seriously. I can still taste them and I made them over a year ago! Sooooooo gooooood.

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Hi Victoria! Sweet cream unsalted butter is just a type of butter. It used to just refer to butter that wasn’t salted. You can use whatever unsalted butter you can find.


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