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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars



I am certainly not wishing summer away.  We have had so much fun and there is so much more I want to do.  However, I love fall.  I love fall flavors.  I love football.  I love hoodies.  I love temperate days and cool evenings.  I recently bought myself a little treat, a new bar pan and I couldn't wait to use it.

What?  A new pan counts as a treat!  We all have our vices!

Anyway, my favorite way to season a new pan (especially a stoneware one) is with cookies.  I know, I don't need much of an excuse for cookies.  However, they really are great for this.  All of that butter is excellent for the pan.  So, a new bar pan means lots of cookie bars.  

You want that pan now, don't you?!


    So, anyway, I had to break out some fall flavors on this one.  We had a few cool days and I wanted to take advantage.  Besides, I told Heather at Stringtown Home that I would have a fall recipe ready for her Harvest Tour of Homes.  So this was a perfect fit.  

     Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are like a warm hug on a cool day.  Top that off with some marshmallow buttercream and we are really in business!  

     These cookie bars were well received by everyone.  I dropped some off at my sister's house.  My brother took some home after trying one.  I dropped some off at Matt's work site.  Needless to say it didn't take them long to disappear, which is a really good thing because I have no self control when things like this are sitting around!



Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 recipe of marshmallow buttercream (I may use 1.5 recipes next time, but I am a frosting fiend!)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Cream together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and mix well.  
  3. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin puree until combined.
  4. Add flours, salt, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice.  Stir until just combined.
  5. Spread into a 10x15" bar pan (I used this one).  The dough should be thick like cookie dough and thus a little hard to spread.  Try to get it relatively uniform.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then spread marshmallow buttercream over the top.  MMM!


Click here to see who is participating in the Harvest Tour of Homes and see what they made for fall:

Stringtown Home

56 comments:

  1. Hi Carlee,

    This looks delicious. My husband loves pumpkin spice anything. In fact, I'm getting ready to try making a cookie with it this morning to take to a early Labor Day party today. This recipe looks great and I will have to keep it in mind. Especially if my cookie idea flops. Thanks.

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    1. I do too! Good luck on your cookies and have a fun long weekend!

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  2. Ohmygoodness the recipes you share are so appealing to the eye...I often share them

    What a great way to get into the FALL THING! I am following-hope I have not missed you anywhere!

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  3. Hi Carlee - Visiting as a fellow contributor at the Harvest Home Tour. These look absolutely delish! Happy fall to you! Hugs, Holly

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  4. Hi Carlee,
    I'm visiting as a fellow participant of the Harvest Tour of Homes. These look delicious! I am ready for some fall baking.
    Lori from LL Farm

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    1. Me too! I just need for it to cool down a bit.

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  5. Visiting from the Harvest tour while having my coffee and now…I want a pumpkin bar!

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  6. YUMMO! Pumpkin spice is what I look forward to the most during the fall season! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe on the tour... Can't wait to make some.... YUM!

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    1. It is always one of the things I look forward too!

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  7. Yummy! Thanks for supplying the recipe to my first fall outing!

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  8. I am craving all the great fall recipes out there now. This looks amazing

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    1. Me too! I love how warm and cozy fall recipes are!

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  9. I love autumn recipes so this is right up my street. I bought a can of pumpkin yesterday and also have had 3 pumpkin spice latter in the space of 4 days lol. These bars look perfect! Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. I love autumn recipes too! Anything apple or pumpkin just sounds wonderful right now! I haven't stopped in for a pumpkin spice latte yet, but I am not sure I can hold out much longer!

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  10. Oh my! Those look and sound amazing. I love pumpkin, so I will be trying them for sure. I'm glad you kept your promise to Heather. YUM!

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    1. Me too! I can't wait for the weather to cool down a bit so I can really get in the mood for more baking with pumpkin!

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  11. Hi, Carlee
    How yummy! I love cooking anything that has pumpkin in it. I am going to give this a try for sure. Stopping by from the Havest Tour.

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    1. Me too! I love spring and summer, but at this point in the year I am ready to start thinking about fall! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Hi Carlee, we are heading into Spring in Australia, however I'm sure these would be just as nice now although it does remind me of Autumn. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe with us at #anythinggoes. Always a pleasure having you link up

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    1. I could certainly eat pumpkin any time, though it does feel most at home in the fall. There is something so warm and comforting about pumpkin pie spice as the weather gets cooler! Thank you so much for giving everyone a chance to share!

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  13. Lovin the pumpkin spice! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post tomorrow on my Twitter We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

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  14. I live in Florida, so we don't get many "fallish" days, but I'll still eat my share of pumpkin! These bars look super moist and the marshmallow frosting sounds delicious!

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    1. It doesn't have to be too cold for me to want pumpkin, it is just hard to bake with it when there is so much fresh fruit during the spring and summer! The frosting makes them!

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  15. Fantastic recipe, perfect for Fall! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with the OMHGWW! Have a wonderful night!!

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    1. Thank you! We are about to get another cool spell, so I feel more fall baking coming on! Thanks so much for hosting.

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  16. Even though we are just out of winter and now spring I will still try this recipe. Sounds delicious. Thanks Carlee for linking up again with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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    1. It is so much fun to hear from you being from so far away! It is amazing how the internet shrinks this world of ours!

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  17. Hi Carlee, Love the new pan! =) Summer is still lingering around here too, and I can't wait for Pumpkin spice everything, hoodies, and cool crisp mornings! Your bars look delish, and your marshmallow buttercream sounds heavenly! Thank you for the bar to go with my morning coffee! Enjoy the rest of your week! =)

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    1. I love the new pan too. I have used it a handful of times already! We are supposed be in the 70's this weekend, so that sounds heavenly to me. I am thinking soup for watching the football game on Sunday! Hooray! Thanks for stopping by as always, Christine!

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  18. You're right. I do want a pan like that! I love making cookie bars, too. I have a confession to make this fall, I don't like pumpkin flavored anything. I might be kicked out of blogging for admitting that one! But, I know most people love it and I'm sure your recipe is one they will love. I've pinned and tweeted and thank you for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    1. That's ok, more for the rest of us! I do really like the pan though, it is perfect for bar cookies or a really big deep dish pizza! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    2. Beverly, you are not alone. I don't care for pumpkin either.

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    3. It's ok, I'll keep you both around anyway ;-) I'll just have to bake apple stuff for you this fall instead of all pumpkin!

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  19. Love the bars.Thanks for sharing. I love your tag line for your blog.

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  20. Would it be bad of me to admit the frosting looks like the best part? I am a bit of a frosting fiend too.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

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    1. I can't help myself when it comes to the stuff! I wouldn't judge if you just made the frosting. ;-)

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  21. Yum, yum, yum- these sound amazing! So glad you linked up at Snickerdoodle Sunday and hope to see your latest & greatest this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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    1. They were pretty darn good! I will certainly be stopping by again this weekend with a new crop of yummies!

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  22. Oh goodness! I love pumpkin everything!

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  23. Bar cookies are my favorite kind of cookie to make! These are perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing them with us at #FoodieFriDIY...sending some foodie love your way!

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  24. YUM!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  25. Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. These cookie bars look so easy to make and I think my family would love them.

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    1. They are easy and delicious! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  26. Hi Carlee, I love your pumpkin bars and thanks for sharing the recipe at C&C with J&J! :)

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  27. Pinned! These sound amazing! YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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