Prohibition Bars: Boozy Blondies

Prohibition Bars: Boozy Blondies

Prohibition bars… isn’t that a wonderful oxymoron? But that’s what these are! Cookie bars filled with all things autumn- browned butter, maple syrup, brown sugar….and bourbon. Well, Cognac in this case. They are, for all intents and purposes, Boozy Blondies.

And let’s face it, we’ve ALL known one of those.


When I was searching for a Maple-Bourbon cookie bar recipe, I stumbled upon the delicious website, The Law Student’s Wife, and her brilliant-sounding recipe. It was perfect for what I was daydreaming about baking…AND with a couple of minor tweaks, it contained ingredients I already had!

Now, I didn’t have bourbon on hand. Single-malt Scotch, yes, but I won’t be baking with the good stuff. But I did have Cognac on hand… AND I had bourbon barrel-aged vanilla….AND I had maple syrup aged in rye whiskey barrels (hat tip to We Took to the Woods…purveyors of the syrup).

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Shall we get to the recipe?

Prohibition Bars:

  • 1 ¼ cup, plus 1 tablespoon unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (or less) kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅔ dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup (I prefer Grade B)
  • ¼ cup Cognac
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Prohibition Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac

Start by sifting your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl or your stand mixer.

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8” X 8” baking dish with parchment paper. I also used a smidge of softened butter to grease the parchment paper.

Then, melt all 6 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Your intent is to brown the butter- allow it to bubble slightly, stir constantly to keep brown bits moving, and to let it become deeply golden in color. Once it does this, remove your pan from the burner and whisk in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and Cognac.

Allow this gooey, chestnut-colored goodness to cool down before adding the eggs and vanilla to it. Then, pour it into your dry ingredients. Mix gently by hand or on low in the stand mixer.

Gently toast the chopped walnuts and fold in by hand. Then pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.

Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine was done right at the 25-minute mark) until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Remove the blondies and parchment to a cutting board and allow to cool. Cut into desired squares (I did about 1.5” squares).

Mix the icing ingredients together and scoop into a disposable plastic baggie. Snip off the teeniest corner tip, and channel your inner Jackson Pollock on the Prohibition Bars.

Prohibition Bars: Boozy Blondies by Sadie Seasongoods

Dangerously good…

Enjoy! (And you will)

Bake on!



  1. I love desserts with booze used in them and these bars look amazing! Pinned!
    Found your link on the Lou Lou Girls 🙂

  2. These look fabulous and I LOVE that you called them prohibition bars. Thanks for sharing!!

    • says:

      Thank YOU, Erin, for the wonderful and spot-on recipe and inspiration. Looking forward to following you now on FB (where I’m most active). 🙂

  3. What?? Booze + Baking? I’m in! I hope you will link these up at the Found & Foraged Linky Party tonight! Hope to see you there

  4. Wow these look absolutely delicious! There’s nothing better than baking with booze!

  5. etcetorize says:

    I think this a bit beyond my skill level but they look great 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  6. OMGosh! These look absolutely mouthwatering!

  7. What a great tip! Hello, my name is Misty, from The LadyPrefers2Save at, and I’m one of the new co-hosts for the Merry Monday Linky Party! I wanted to write and thank you for linking up to this weeks Merry Monday party, as well as to let you know that your post will be linked to the Merry Monday Pinterest board, as well my social media accounts. I would love to have you also stop by my blog as well! Thanks for linking up at the Merry Monday’s Linky Party this week, and I hope to see you linking up next week as well. Have an awesome week!

  8. Looks so good. Yes, love her blog too. Pinning for later. Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  9. Dessert and booze? Yes please!

  10. Those sound delicious! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  11. Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    Sarah, you’ve done it again. These Boozy Blondies look and sound like something I want to have Right. Now. Perfect for the holidays. 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! ♥

  12. Wow!!! These look amazing. Thank you fro linking up to On Display Thursday!

  13. What a fun idea! Love the name you gave them too! Visiting you from Something to Talk about link up. Pinning to my sweet treats board 🙂

  14. Gorgeous photos and amazing looking prohibition bars! I am obsessed with desserts! I’ll definitely try it! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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