Let’s keep this short.
Pumpkin Spice Oreos. Pumpkin Spice chips. Pumpkin-spiced cookie base.
In sum, we have a pumpkin triple-threat here.
Thick cookie bars are packed with pumpkin spice flavor, firm on the outside and soft in the center. These are one of those can’t-keep-your-hands-off desserts that you have to pawn off on your neighbors because you can’t not eat them all when they’re sitting in front of your face.
This is one of those diet-inducing recipes–you know the kind. You start with one slice. Then you shrug and cut a second. Soon you’re sneaking another half, and before you know it, you’re devouring every last buttery crumb in one sitting and instantly feeling guilty for all those calories you just ingested. So begins your diet.
Maybe you have better self-control than I do, but these were so good. Even when I brought them to work–my “healthy” place, where I lunch on Greek yogurt, salads and fresh fruit–I was taunted by these bars all day. I couldn’t even see them, but I wanted them.
And then I wanted more! I wanted to stuff my face with the remains and take home an empty container.
A few hours after baking these, I had to intentionally cut each slice in half. Not only were they huge pieces, but I knew I had to get rid of them fast or I’d eat them all myself. And people are always more likely to take little slivers of dessert than full-sized portions.
Unless they’re me. I’ve never met a dessert that’s too big for my sweet tooth! :)
These bars came to be after I took a little stroll down Target’s Halloween aisle. I was looking for the new Pumpkin Spice Oreos, but I also came across a bag of pumpkin spice chips, and then I knew a new recipe was in order. Cookie bars were the natural fit after last year’s pumpkin cookies that I loved so much.
I used my cookie base from before, mixing in the pumpkin spice chips and pressing half of the dough into a square baking dish. Then I added the Oreos, covered them with the rest of the dough, and baked the cookie bars until they were thick and chewy. It takes awhile, but these aren’t your typical bars! Give them time to cook through. You’re in for a treat!
You may want to make these in a bigger pan if you don’t want your bars to be so thick. They rise while baking, so they’ll easily work in a 9×13 pan if you prefer.
I’m not sure how long the pumpkin spice chocolate chips or Oreos will be in stock, so be sure to snatch yours up before they’re moved aside for peppermint!
The golden Oreo cookies are tinged with pumpkin flavor, and the Nestle morsels taste like white chocolate chips flavored with seasonal spices. Both are full of autumnal sweetness. Especially when crammed into soft, sink-your-teeth-into cookie dough. :)
These are a new fall favorite for me…what other seasonal treats have you seen that I need to try?
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened
- 1/2 cup shortening (1/2 stick of Crisco)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 (10 oz.) package Nestle Pumpkin Spice Morsels
- 20 Pumpkin Spice Creme Oreos (almost one full package)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and shortening on medium speed until light and fluffy; add sugars and mix well. Add pumpkin and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fold in pumpkin spice chips.
- Divide dough in half. Press half into prepared pan.
- Top dough with pumpkin Oreos, placing the cookies evenly apart. Top with remaining dough, press down evenly.
- Bake bars for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Your bars will cook faster if you bake them in a larger pan, so start checking them before the 30-minute mark!
- Remove pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Slice into 16 squares to serve.
I know, the nutritional stats are scary--cut these into 32 tall, thin strips for a more diet-friendly treat!