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Brown Butter Pear Sugar Cookie Bars

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 2 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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We topped a sugar cookie crust with Anjou pears and finished with a brown butter topping for a delicious and elegant dessert. Recipe by Girl Versus Dough.
Created May 21, 2018
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  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Anjou pears, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir together cookie mix and 1 tablespoon flour. Add 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 egg; stir until a soft dough forms. Gently press dough evenly in bottom of baking dish.
  • 3
    Bake 10 to 15 minutes or just until dough is set and light golden brown on edges. Set aside to cool.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, melt 3/4 cup butter over medium heat. Once melted, cook butter about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until butter turns a deep golden brown. (Be careful because this happens quickly!) Remove saucepan from heat; immediately pour butter into glass measuring cup. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • 5
    While butter is cooling, place sliced pears in single layer over cooled cookie crust.
  • 6
    In large bowl, beat remaining Topping ingredients with whisk until well blended. Gradually add brown butter, beating until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over pears.
  • 7
    Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 1 hour. With sharp knife, cut into 4 rows by 3 rows.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    For even more brown butter flavour, brown the 1/2 cup butter used for the cookie crust. Pour it into a measuring cup and place it in the freezer for about 1 hour or until a “softened butter” consistency.
  • Tip 2
    Be sure the pears aren’t too ripe. If they’re really soft, the end result may be mushy.
  • Tip 3
    Refrigerate any uneaten bars for up to 3 days. Don’t leave them at room temperature or they’ll get too mushy.

Nutrition Information

256.5 Calories, 20.8g Total Fat, 2.7g Protein, 15.6g Total Carbs, 12.6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 12
Total Fat
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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