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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that will Change your Fall

Now that we are in the middle of fall, there is really no reason to not add pumpkin to just about everything! These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars add the perfect touch of fall to your dessert this time of year. The pumpkin is strong, but not overwhelming, and the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice finish off the flavor of the cookie nicely!

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Why You’ll Love These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars:

  1. They are quick to make: Making cookie bars saves so much time over making individual cookies.
  2. A great addition to your fall recipes: These cookie bars have pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice, giving them wonderful warm fall flavors.
  3. Thick and moist: This pumpkin bar recipe makes a moist, melt-in-your-mouth cookie bar that is nice and soft.

Ingredients You Will Need for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars:

  • Unsalted Butter – Melted and slightly cooled
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Pumpkin Puree- You will need to remove some of the moisture using the blotting method (explained further below!)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – You can substitute this for cinnamon
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

How to Make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

To begin, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9×13 jelly-roll or brownie pan with cooking spray. For easy removal of cookie bars, add a layer of parchment paper to the base of the baking dish.

Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Combine well and set aside.

Preparing Pumpkin

Next, measure 2/3 cup of the can of pumpkin into a small bowl. Using a paper towel, ‘blot’ the pumpkin repeatedly to remove the moisture. Canned pumpkin is made up of a significant amount of water and if there is too much liquid in this dough, it will have more of a batter consistency and once baked, will have a more ‘cakey’ texture.

Continue to blot the pumpkin until the pumpkin has more of a matted texture. I went through about 5 select-a-size paper towels. There will still be moisture, but you should be able to see a slight difference in texture.

Combine Wet Ingredients

Melt the butter and allow it to slightly cool.

In a large mixing bowl, add the melted butter, packed brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Stir by hand until well combined, about 30-60 seconds. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the sugar. Now add in the pumpkin and vanilla and mix in thoroughly. At this point, the dough will still be thin and grainy.

Top left – butter & sugar mixture; Bottom left – pumpkin & vanilla addition; Right- mixture once pumpkin & vanilla are added

Adding the Dry Ingredients and Chocolate Chips

Now you can add about half of your flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir by hand until almost combined. Then add the remainder of your flour mixture and keep stirring! This will definitely take some arm strength, but keep going, I promise it will combine.

Related: How to Fix Dry Cookie Dough

Once you have a consistent dough, you can add the chocolate chips and stir until evenly dispersed.

Pro Tip: Save a few chocolate chips and set them aside. After you spread the cookie dough in the baking pan, add the remaining chocolate chips to the top of the bars.

Baking the Pumpkin Cookies

Grab the prepared pan, and using a spatula, spread the dough out on your greased 9×13 pan. My trick for this step is to use an ice cream scoop and plop down the dough around the pan – this makes it much easier to get an even layer.

Pro Tip: If the cookie dough is sticking to the rubber spatula, spray a bit of cooking spray on it for a smoother and easier spread.

Once you get the dough spread out to a nice even layer, add the pan into your preheated oven and bake for 17-20 minutes. Remove from the oven when the cookie bar is slightly brown. If you tend to like more doughy cookies, bake these on the lower end of time.

Once removed from the oven, let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes – then cut and enjoy!

Storing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Store cookie bars in ain airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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Ghost and Pumpkin Meringues

Halloween Meringue Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 31 minutes

Meringues are light and airy cookies, and guess what - they are also gluten-free! They are made up of only egg whites, granulated sugar, cream of tartar, and extract. Such simple ingredients for a melt in your mouth, delicious cookie!

Ingredients

  • 2 Egg Whites Room Temperature
  • ½ Cup + 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar (135g)
  • ¼ Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Cup Sprinkles (approximately)Preheat oven to 220° and prepare a baking sheet with templates and parchment paper. Prepare 2 piping bags with Wilton 12 and 1M tips.
  • Place your egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla extract in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat ingredients on medium-high (6 speed on Kitchenaid) for 3-4 minutes until soft peaks form.

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 220° and prepare a baking sheet with templates and parchment paper. Prepare 2 piping bags with Wilton 12 and 1M tips.
    2. Place your egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla extract in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat ingredients on medium-high (6 speed on Kitchenaid) for 3-4 minutes until soft peaks form.
    3. Slowly add in granulated sugar 1 Tbsp at a time. Make an addition every 10-15 seconds. This process will take around 3-4 minutes.
    4. Once all of the granulated sugar has been added, continue to beat on medium-high for another 3-5 minutes until meringue holds stiff peaks and is glossy.
    5. Add half of the meringue into the piping bag fitted with the 12 tip. Add food coloring to the stand mixer and beat until incorporated - add to the other bag fitted with the 1M tip.
    6. Add a small dollop of meringue to the corners of your parchment paper to help it stay flat on the tray. Use the 1M tip and pip up and down along the shape of the pumpkin and use the white meringue for the stem - add your sprinkles! To pipe the ghosts, use the white meringue and fill in the body of the ghost, flattening out the line with an offset spatula. Add your eyes and mouth. Carefully slide the paper templates out from the tray.
    7. Place the tray of meringue cookies into the preheated oven for 60-70 minutes. Don't open the oven until the first 60 minutes have passed. At this point, lightly tap your meringue to feel the consistency. If it feels too soft, allow them to continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the cookies feel only slightly soft and are more stable.
    8. Turn off the oven but leave the meringue cookies in the closed oven for another 60 minutes.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for 4-7 days (depending on how humid your climate is).

pumpkin chip cookie bars stacked on a plate

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A classic chocolate chip bar with a pumpkin twist to make these perfect for the fall!

Ingredients

  • ¾ Cup Butter Melted and Cooled
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ⅔ Cup Pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 2½ Cup Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1½ Cups Chocolate Chips

Instructions

    1. Preheat Oven to 375°. Grease 9×13 brownie or jelly roll pan.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
    3. Prep the pumpkin by removing some of the water using the blotting method. See specific instructions in the summary above.
    4. In a large bowl, add the melted (and cooled) butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Mix by hand for 30-60 seconds until well combined. Make sure to scrape down the side of the bowl to incorporate all of the sugar.
    5. Add the pumpkin and vanilla and stir until combined.
    6. Next, add about half of the flour mixture and hand mix until almost combined before adding the second half. Once the dough is a consistent texture, you can add the chocolate chips and stir in until evenly dispersed.
    7. Bake in preheated oven for 17-20 minutes until slightly brown. Let cool almost completely and cut into 24 squares. Serve and enjoy!
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