Pumpkin S’mores Bars

Pumpkin S’mores Bars: Spicy pumpkin cake bars topped with melty chocolate and gooey marshmallows are the perfect dessert for bringing summer into fall.

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Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

Well, guys, our summer weather returned with a vengeance.

I know I was kind of bragging about our 50 degree mornings just a week ago, and how I was busting out the pumpkin in these Oreo Pumpkin Gooey Bars because obviously mother nature wanted me too.  But now I’m eating those words.  Mother nature took a turn back to summer!

This past week it has been 88 degrees with like 95% humidity.  It has been crazy muggy outside.  Can we say uuuuggghhh all together?  I had these visions of fall arriving super early this year as I baked pumpkin treat after pumpkin treat.

But you know what?  I already have the pumpkin baking itch, so I wasn’t about to let a little heat and humidity stop me from my favorite baking time of year.  It’s pumpkin season baby!!!!

Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

Oh, my word you guys!  I found my favorite pumpkin treat of the fall already!

I know it might seem a little early to claim these are the best, but honestly, these ARE the best!  It’s going to be hard to top these amazing bars.  Of course you know I’ll definitely try to out do this one in the coming weeks, but it’s going to be tough to do.

The base of these bars started with my recipe for these Peanut Butter S’mores Blondies.   Instead of peanut butter though, I put a full cup of pumpkin puree and just a little bit more flour.  I have never tried using pumpkin in a blonde brownie, so I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work.  Recipe testing at its best here!

Can I just say that it worked out better than I could have hoped?  These bars are definitely not as dense as a blonde brownie because pumpkin does change the texture of baked goods.  They were more of a happy cross between cake and blondie.

Then to totally go over the top I added a layer of chocolate chips and marshmallows and put it back in the oven for just a few more minutes.  Every thing gets all melty and toasty and delicious!  Just make sure you keep an eye on the marshmallows because they can go from toasty to burnt in just a blink of an eye!

Pumpkin meets s’mores…it’s definitely the way to welcome fall this year!!!

Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

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Pumpkin S’mores Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Pumpkin S’mores Bars

Summer meets fall in these spicy pumpkin bars with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups chocolate chips
3 cups miniature marshmallows


  1. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the pumpkin, eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  2. Stir together the baking powder, salt, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add to the butter mixture until a soft dough forms. Spread in a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 24 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot bars. Cover the chocolate chips with the marshmallows. Return to the oven and bake another 2 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes. You just want the marshmallows to start turning golden, so do not over broil them. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  4. Use a wet knife to cut the bars into 24 squares. Rewet the knife in between each cut. The water on the knife keeps the marshmallow from sticking. Store in a sealed container. Makes 24 bars.

Spicy pumpkin bars topped with a melted chocolate and marshmallow layer.  This is a summer meets fall treat that you cannot miss out on.

 A few more pumpkin recipes to help you get your fall bake on: 

Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake 2-1

Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 5
Glazed Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 4

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread 


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  1. says

    I know what you mean about the summer heat. It’s been about 100 degrees all week here in SC. Yuck!
    I’m loving your pumpkin smores bars! I wouldn’t have ever thought to make a pumpkin dessert into a smores but what a genius idea!! I can’t wait to try them! :)
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  2. says

    It came back for sure and I am super bummed about it. >_< I just made pumpkin cornbread over the weekend to welcome Fall, and BOOM – it's going to hit 90 tomorrow. Well, at least I can hide in the AC and pretend Autumn is here with these gooey pumpkin smores bars! 😀 They look awesome, Jocelyn!
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  3. says

    I love how simple and easy this recipe is! It makes me want it to be fall already! :)
    Would you ever consider posting or even experimenting with Gluten-Free alternatives to your yummy dessert posts? I have been Gluten free for over a year and a half now and have been dying to get into baking again, but I have been struggling to find easy to do recipes where I can make and enjoy something this delicious, but in a GF version. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • says

      Almost all the recipes that I share are ones I make for my family, and since no one here is gluten free I do not do those kind of recipes. I am sorry! I know with some googling most recipes can be made gluten free, but I do not have experience with doing that. I have heard that most cake mix recipes can be exchanged for the gluten free cake mixes. I wish I could be more helpful!

  4. says

    Our days still feel like summer here too! At least 90° and fall seems like it’s way far off in the future… At least the mornings and evenings are cooling off a bit though. I’ve got the pumpkin baking itch too, and I can’t wait any longer. These s’mores bars look incredible Jocelyn! Totally have my name written all over them. 😉 Pinned!
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