Oreo Pumpkin Gooey Bars

Fall is almost here!  Time to get ready for all things pumpkin.  These Oreo Pumpkin Gooey Bars are a delicious and great way to jump into the pumpkin baking season.

Gooey pumpkin bars topped with Oreo cookies and chocolate chips.  Chocolate and pumpkin are meant for each other!!!


Yesterday morning we got up early to go to the gym, and it was 57 degrees out!

People, it is still August!!!  It isn’t supposed to be that chilly around here yet!

I have decided that it must be mother nature’s way of telling me that it is time to pull out the pumpkin.  Woo hoo!  I am all over that.  Fall is definitely my favorite time of year.  Cooler temps, changing leaves, bonfires…and PUMPKIN!!!

Every year I go a little bit crazy with the pumpkin baking.  Who else remembers the Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake from a few years ago?  They are one of my all time favorites.

So, if the temperature is going to be chilly around here, get ready for the pumpkin to start showing up.  But since it is still August, I’ll try to go slow and ease into the pumpkin season.  Maybe…

Gooey pumpkin bars topped with Oreo cookies and chocolate chips.  Chocolate and pumpkin are meant for each other!!!


 The first pumpkin dessert of the year is a doozy.  Spice cake, pumpkin, Oreos, and chocolate chips bake together to make a soft and delicious cake.

Do not make the cake mix like the directions.  All you need is the cake mix, pumpkin, and an egg to form a soft but sticky dough that gets pressed into a pan.  Spray your hands with non stick spray, and it will be so much easier to press the dough down.  Then top with mini Oreos, a pumpkin sweetened condensed milk, and mini chocolate chips.  That’s it.  An easy, peasy pumpkin treat to start out the fall baking on.

It’s raining and 60 degrees right now…you know what that means right? :-)  I’m headed to my kitchen for some more pumpkin baking fun.  I hope your ready for this…

Gooey pumpkin bars topped with Oreo cookies and chocolate chips.  Chocolate and pumpkin are meant for each other!!!


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Oreo Pumpkin Gooey Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 pieces of cake

Oreo Pumpkin Gooey Bars

Oreos, chocolate, and pumpkin make this an easy but delicious gooey cake to enjoy in these cooler days.


1 spice cake mix (Duncan Hines 16.5 oz)
1 cup pumpkin puree, divided
1 egg
1 - 8 ounce bag of mini Oreos
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Combine together the cake mix, 1/2 cup pumpkin, and the egg until a soft, sticky dough forms. Spray your hands with non stick spray and press the dough into a 9x13 baking dish that has been sprayed with the spray too.
  2. Top the dough with the mini Oreos.
  3. Stir together the sweetened condensed milk, the remaining 1/2 cup pumpkin, and cinnamon. Drizzle all over the top of the cake. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container on the counter.

 A few more pumpkin treats to get you started this year:  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 5

Glazed Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Nutella Cheesecake Danish 7
Pumpkin Nutella Cheesecake Danish

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes 1-1

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes 



Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake

This Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake is a great time saver for breakfast.  Make it the night before and reheat each slice in the microwave the next day.

Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy french toast casserole with pumpkin and chocolate chips

With the busy season quickly descending upon us, it is easy to not take time for breakfast.  Not that I would know about that per say…wink, wink.  Sometimes I just get so busy and distracted that before I know it, it is lunch time.  I know, I know.  Breakfast is the most important meal, and definitely helps keep you going on busy days.  I tell my kids this all the time, so why don’t I listen to myself.

This easy french toast bake is one that you can make up the night before and have in your refrigerator for the next morning.  There is no excuse to not warm up a square of this…it only takes 30 seconds.  Or if you are the morning person type, get up early and serve it fresh from the oven.

My family doesn’t know what a morning person looks like, so we go the microwave route.  ;-) [Read more...]

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Hello friends.  Do I have a delicious holiday recipe for you today?!?!  Chocolate and pumpkin join forces in mini cheesecakes.  Try these Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes this year for a change of pace at your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust

 As we head into one of the busiest seasons of the year, I wanted to just remind us to stop and be thankful for all the things that God has allowed in our lives.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on all the negative and bad that we see happening and not to see all the good that we actually have.

I want to remember to be content with the things that are in my life.  I want to be thankful for the good and the bad.  Does that mean I am joyful and a delight to be around all the time?  No way.  I have my bad moments/days/weeks too.  I have to make it a point daily to be happy in the things God has placed me through.   [Read more...]

Mocha Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Mocha Pumpkin Spice Cookies with sprinkles are a fun cookie to share with your friends and family.  They are the perfect party treat too.

Mocha Pumpkin Spice Cookies - dark chocolate and pumpkin spice kisses make these cookies completely irresistible www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I am getting myself ready to bake lots and lots of cookies this year.  Do I need them?  Does anyone want them?  That’s probably a no to both questions, but it still isn’t going to stop me from making tons of cookies.  I’m sure I can find someone to help me eat them all.

This year I was excited to buy the Pumpkin Spice kisses again.  I bought a bag of them right away, but then the bag just sat there in the cupboard.  Unopened.  Lonely.  There was no way I could open the bag for just one kiss…I have self control issues, and those kisses would have been gone.  Not to mention that my family sees an open bag of candy, they think it is fair game.  Lately some of the unopened bags have been opened mysteriously!

Maybe it’s time to find a new hiding place.   [Read more...]

Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake

Themed desserts make a party that much more fun.  This Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake would be perfect for either a Halloween or Thanksgiving party.  Just change your sprinkles and candies for the appropriate holiday.

Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake - pumpkin and chocolate fudge pudding layered with Cool Whip and chocolate graham crackers www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Ok, so one day later after telling you I was over pumpkin, and here I am posting…yup, pumpkin.

Go ahead and tell me how wishy washy I am.  I can handle it.  For the record I made this last week, or maybe it was the week before that.  It was definitely before I started to feel iffy on pumpkin.

Anyway, I was looking through pictures and realized that Halloween is next week, so if I want to share this fun Halloween themed eclair cake, it had to be now.  So pumpkin it is!   Not that I don’t like pumpkin.  Maybe it’s because the weather dropped from sunny and warm to sunny and down right cold but now all I can totally think about is mint.  And chocolate.

But I always think about chocolate, so that’s nothing new.

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Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge

This Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge needs a place on your dessert table this fall.  Soft, pumpkin flavored fudge with cookie chunks…yes, please.

Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge - an easy pumpkin pudding fudge filled with chunks of cream filled cookies  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
I have jumped back on the fudge making train.  For a little while I was trying to make a new flavor every month, but I slacked off through the summer.  But recently I got the fudge urge again, and now I can’t stop thinking of fun flavors to make.

I think fudge all year round sounds so much better than fudge at the holidays.  Every single time we visit any fairs or markets, I have to check out the fudge booths.  You never know what fun flavors you might find.     [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies - peanuts, candy corn, and Reese's pieces inside a peanut butter blonde brownie www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Dear Bowl of Fall Goodness,
Why must you be so stinking good together?  I thought I could resist the temptation of mixing candy corn, peanuts, and Reese’s pieces.  That was just silly.  Now that the bowl is empty, all I can think about is going to the store for more ingredients for this life changing snack mix.  I’ll definitely never stop craving this.  I guess that means I need to stock up on bags of candy corn while it’s still available.

Love, the Girl in the Stretch Pants

Candy Corn Reese's Peanuts
Dear Lunch Box,
Can you please remind my children to empty you each and every day?  I’m sure you don’t like being full of smelly containers all weekend long.  I know my nose would appreciate the extra help.  Soup containers that have been sitting for three days do not smell good at all.

Love, The Main Dish Washer in the House

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies - peanuts, candy corn, and Reese's pieces inside a peanut butter blonde brownie www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Dear Teenage Driver,
I know you are so cool now that you can drive, but can I offer one small piece of advice?  If you leave the mall and get into your vehicle, please leave the parking spot, especially if you see a black mini van waiting for your up close parking spot.  Do not sit there texting and laughing.  And please do not wait until the said black van gives up and drives to the back of the parking lot.  The right thing to do is leave asap so others can utilize those close spots.

Love, The Mom Driver who really wanted your close parking spot (yes, I’m lazy)

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies - peanuts, candy corn, and Reese's pieces inside a peanut butter blonde brownie www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Dear BruCrew Readers,
Please, please, please do yourself a favor and buy some candy corn, peanuts, and Reese’s pieces today. I know my first letter said this was a dangerous mix and that is was addicting.  Go ahead and forget about that…you will definitely thank me after you try it.  Your pants might hate me, but I can live with that.   To help you out a little, I have a blonde brownie recipe that uses up the rest of the snack mix.  Yes, it is just as dangerous to eat, but let’s live on the edge a little.  These peanut butter blonde brownies have so much texture from the snack mix and have such a delicious peanut butter flavor, that you just can’t stop munching.  The candy corn gives the perfect amount of chew in each bite too.  You are going to love them…promise.

Love, The Baker Chick who just realized how long its been since posting a Blonde Brownie.

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies - peanuts, candy corn, and Reese's pieces inside a peanut butter blonde brownie www.insidebrucrewlife.com

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Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 24 blonde brownies

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blonde Brownies

Peanut butter blonde brownies with peanuts, Reese's pieces, and candy corn.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups mini Reese's pieces
1 cup peanuts
1 cup candy corn


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and peanut butter. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy. Sift the baking powder, salt, and flour. Slowly add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the Reese's pieces, peanuts, and candy corn by hand.
  2. Spread the mixture into a 9x13 greased baking dish. Bake at 350* for 23-25 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut into 24 squares.

Other blonde brownies that you should try:

Marshmallow Reeses Blonde Brownies

Marshmallow Reese’s Blonde Brownies

Monster Cookie Bars

Monster Cookie Blonde Brownies

Candy Corn M&M Fudge Brownies

Need a fun and easy treat for those Halloween parties this year?  These Candy Corn M&M Fudge Brownies have an impressive look that doesn’t take much time to create.

Candy Corn M and M Fudge Brownies - brownies with a white chocolate candy corn colored fudge and M and M's www.insidebrucrewlife.com

So the other day I had my little photo “studio” set up right by my front window.  This window is right next to the front door with our mailbox right outside that.  It was probably noonish (maybe later), and I was sitting on the floor taking pictures of some sort of sugar food.  Now if I was a morning person who liked to be up and ready to tackle the day, this wouldn’t be anything to talk about.  But…I was still in my pj’s and my hair was in a ponytail.

Yeah, I was looking like your stereotypical housewife.  The pony tail was pretty messy with no cute headband to be found.  Down right frump city going on I tell you!  Gotta love working from home!  It has its perks!  Although my hubby laughs at me every day when he comes home for lunch. [Read more...]

Pumpkin Toffee Angel Food Cake

Today I am partnering with Sara Lee to bring you this no bake Pumpkin Toffee Angel Food Cake recipe for National Angel Food Cake Day.

Pumpkin Toffee Angel Food Cake - no bake pumpkin toffee filling inside a Sara Lee angel food cake makes it perfect for every occasion Did you know that today was a holiday?

That’s right!  Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.  It’s time to celebrate.  Get out the party hats and the streamers.  Oh, and don’t forget the cake.  We most definitely need cake!

I absolutely love all these fun food holidays that someone decided to add to the calendar.  I am all over any reason to make and eat more cake.   [Read more...]

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Flavored popcorn is a rising food trend right now.  Be a trend setter and try this Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn for your next movie night.

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - caramel white chocolate covered popcorn with pumpkin spice M and M candies www.insidebrucrewlife.com

A few weeks ago when I was in New Jersey at the Duncan Hines test kitchen, one of our discussions was on food that was trending.   Flavored popcorn was one of these food items on the list.

Can I tell you just how happy that makes me?

I have been doing different kinds ever since I made this Reese’s Popcorn, and I haven’t stopped since.    I like to think I was ahead of this popcorn trend.  Shhhh!  Don’t tell me any different…just let me stay in this happy bubble.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pumpkins

These Peanut Butter Pumpkins look impressive, but they are really so easy to make.  You can make them into any shape or color, making them the perfect treat for every holiday.

Peanut Butter Pumpkins - peanut butter truffles dipped in orange candy melts to look like pumpkins www.insidebrucrewlife.com
This weekend I realized that I am getting old.  My youngest turned 10.  Seriously!  How did that happen?

 I feel like I just came home from the hospital with that 5 pound little boy.  My husband and I were laughing that when he was 5 pounds, he was just skin and bones, and here 10 years later he is still just skin and bones.  At 10 years old, he still only weighs like 60 pounds.  That is probably embellishing it some too.   He is my little love bug and I am enjoying every single snuggle and kiss before he becomes that aloof teenager who thinks his mom isn’t cool anymore.  Yup, I’ve got one of those too.   [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Spice Latte Krispie Treats - rice krispie treats go to a whole new level with pumpkin marshmallows, coffee, and white chocolate
Have you had a chance to try the pumpkin spice marshmallows?  Run to the store and buy yourself a bag.  Try one.  Now put one in your hot chocolate.  Good huh?  Okay, scratch that…you are going to need two bags of the pumpkin marshmallows.  One to enjoy in your hot chocolate and one to make these Pumpkin Spice Latte Krispie Treats.
I was going through some old pictures and realized that I never shared these bad boys with you last year.  That’s not cool!