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Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars

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Pumpkin and spice come together in these yummy cookie bars.  They are quick and easy to make and taste like fall!

slice of pumpkin cookie bar with buttercream rosette on top ready to eat

      Pumpkin cookies with yummy frosting are always a popular fall treat.  But if scooping and frosting all those individual cookies seems like a little too much, don’t despair. We can make a yummy pan of cookie bars and skip those steps! These tasty pumpkin spice cookie bars are fabulous way to get those flavors you are craving with a fraction of the effort.  They are fun, festive and oh so good!

Have you been doing extra baking this year?  I feel like we have.  I think it’s the extra time at home and wanting something to keep our hands busy.

hand holding square of pumpkin cookie bar with frosting rosettes on top

    If I’m being perfectly honest, I think there is some stress eating involved too.  But whatever the genesis, there have been lots
of pumpkin treats this fall.

    It has been kind of fun to really focus on pumpkin lately.  Usually most of my fall baking revolves around apple recipes with just a few pumpkin treats sprinkled in.

tray of pumpkin spice bars with piping bag of buttercream putting rosettes on top

    This year we have gone whole hog on that orange beauty.  I thought we were done with pumpkin treats, but Little Dude insisted we whip up some pumpkin puree from the pie pumpkin we
got at the pumpkin patch.

   We made a quick video of the pumpkin puree making process and put it on YouTube if you care to see it.  Once you make puree, you want to go ahead and make a treat… so here we are!

    I originally shared this recipe back in 2015.  So Littlen Dude and I thought it was high time to revisit the post and freshen it up.

     Making bars instead of individual cookies cuts a lot of time and effort out of the process.  It is so much easier to pat it into the pan and bake it than scoop individual cookies.

corner of pumpkin spice cookie bar lifted out of pan

      Not only do you not have to scoop them all, but you can skip the chilling time because the sides of the pan will keep the cookie from spreading. Plus then you don’t have to keep rotating the pans in and out of the oven.

    Frosting the cookies gets a lot easier as well.  Just spread it over the pan and add sprinkles if desired. Easy peasy! 

    We really like marshmallow fluff buttercream on these cookies, but it would also be great with cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese frosting, or caramel buttercream.

Then just cut your cookies into bars and serve.  They are perfect for a
family gathering or party. 

slice of pumpkin cookie bar on plate with pan in background

Storing your cookie bars

As long as your frosting is able to stay at room temperature, you can store these cookie bars on the counter for up to a week.  Cover them with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.

If you want to save some for later, you can freeze them for up to three months.  Let the frosting set and put wax paper between the layers to keep them from sticking to each other. 

Yield: 36 Servings

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars

hand holding square of pumpkin cookie bar with frosting rosettes on top

Pumpkin and spice come together in these yummy cookie bars.  They are quick and easy to make and taste like fall!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


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


  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. 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!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Pumpkin and spice come together in these yummy cookie bars.  They are quick and easy to make and taste like fall!

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Andrea Nine

Friday 6th of November 2020

My pumpkin spice loving heart thanks you for these! I love how pretty the frosting looks! Have a wonderful and sunshiny weekend!


Sunday 8th of November 2020

Thank you, Andrea!


Friday 11th of November 2016

Pinned! These sound amazing! YUM!

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


Friday 11th of November 2016


Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Tuesday 8th of November 2016

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


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

Thanks for hosting, Julie!


Wednesday 16th of September 2015

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.


Wednesday 16th of September 2015

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


Monday 14th of September 2015

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!


Monday 14th of September 2015

Thanks for hosting!