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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.
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Heath_Brownie_Pizzas, International Delights coffee creamer, Heath pieces

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Heath_Brownie_Pizzas, International Delights coffee creamer, Heath pieces

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Heath_Brownie_Pizzas, International Delights coffee creamer, Heath pieces

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Heath_Brownie_Pizza, International Delights coffee creamer, Heath pieces

 

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Heath Brownie Pizzas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 18 brownies

Heath Brownie Pizzas

Mocha brownies topped with a Heath coffee creamer butter cream and Heath Pieces flowers.

Ingredients

1 brownie mix
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 Tablespoons International Delights Heath coffee creamer
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Heath Pieces

Instructions

  1. Mix up brownies according to the 2 egg ingredients on the box. Substitute the coffee for any water called for. Spray whoopie pie pan with non stick spray. Place 1 large tablespoon of batter in each cavity of the pan. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges as soon as they come out of the oven. Let cool 4-5 minutes in the pan, then gently remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Beat the butter for a few minutes or until creamy. Add the salt and coffee creamer and beat again. Slowly add the sugar until thoroughly blended. Beat for an additional minute. Pipe or spread on top of the brownie tops. Create a fun flower with the Heath Pieces. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Makes 18 brownie pizzas.

Notes

If you don't have a muffin top pan, you can also bake the brownies in a 9x13 pan for about 25 minutes. Frost and cut into squares before adding the flower pieces.

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