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.

 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 


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 



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