Brown Sugar Bars


These brown sugar bars are like a dream come true! 🤩 They're ultra-buttery with a delicious cinnamon brown sugar filling sandwiched between a shortbread base and topping. Plus, you won't believe how easy they are to make – the same dough doubles as both the base and topping! Forget about those store-bought pop tarts; these bars are on another level! Here's what you'll need:


17 tbsp (248 grams) salted butter, at room temperature (or add ½ teaspoon kosher salt if using unsalted butter)
½ cup (104 grams) granulated sugar
¼ cup (31 grams) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups (348 grams) all-purpose flour

Brown Sugar Filling:

¾ cup (168 grams) dark brown sugar (dark works best)
1 tablespoon (6 grams) ground cinnamon
1 ½ tablespoons (21 grams) salted butter, melted
2 tablespoons (36 grams) maple syrup
1 tablespoon (10 grams) all-purpose flour


Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, vanilla, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Gradually add the flour in two batches, mixing until a dough forms.
Divide the dough in half. Press one half evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake the base for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
While the base is baking, prepare the filling by mixing all the filling ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth.
When the base is done, evenly spread the filling over it.
For the topping, use the remaining dough to tear off small pieces and dollop them evenly over the filling.
Bake for 24-27 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
Let the bars cool before serving, and for an extra touch, sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top. Enjoy! 

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