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Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars


posted: 10/09/15

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These Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars are phenomenal! Deliciously soft and chewy, with the deep flavor of brown butter and pumpkin perfection!The Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookies Bars have a golden brown hue with melted chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of each other.


You guys, I’ve been SUCH a mush ball mom lately (unless it is the hours of 4 to 5 pm in which case I am a scarier version of that horrible creature in the movie Alien). I’ve just been thinking a lot about what great kids I have. I mean, they for sure have their moments . . . .

Like the other day when Gavin farted on Piper. On purpose.

Or when Piper unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper. And then shredded it.

Or how Quinn loves to push her siblings buttons. And does so expertly. Daily.

But over all, they are really just some of the best kids ever. They love each other fiercely and just have the sweetest little hearts. I’ve been thinking a lot lately that I don’t know what I did to deserve these amazing little souls. (And between 4 and 5 pm I’ve been thinking that I don’t know what I did to deserve such wretched little monsters #dontjudge)

An overhead photo of the Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars that are shaped as little squares with dots of chocolate chips.

You know that scene from The Office in the Jim & Pam wedding episode? The one where they are taking mental pictures of each other? I keep doing that with my kids. Just taking these mental snap shots of these moments that I want to freeze in time with them.

Like last night Gavin as he described a burp in detail to me and it was the funniest thing ever. Or Piper yelling, “DA DA!!” when I ask her if she can say “Mama.” Or Quinn running out of school talking a mile a minute about how one of the two library books she picked out was for Gavin.

See??? Mush ball! I swear I’m not pregnant. #forreal

In a stack of three, the Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars have a light golden brown hue with chocolate chips oozing out.

Okay. Let’s talk about the important things:  These Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars. Guuuuuuuys! These are flippin’ amazing! They took four tries to get them right plus a little help from my good friend Dorothy who, honestly, is such a genius baker.

But friends. It was worth it. They are chewy, full of deep brown butter flavor, and pumpkinirific! You need these bars in your life!

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Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Over medium heat in a skillet melt the butter, stirring consistently. The butter will begin to foam and deepen in color and smell nutty. When small brown bits begin to show up at the bottom, remove it from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder together, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the granulated sugar, packed brown sugar, and brown butter together until fully combined. Add in the pumpkin, vanilla, and then the egg yolk.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture, scraping down the sides as necessary. Mix until just combined.
  • With a spoon stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Press the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until the edges just begin to turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
Author: Lisa Longley

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In a stack of three, the Pumpkin Brown Butter Cookie Bars have a light golden brown hue with chocolate chips oozing out.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says

    Four tries? I would have given up after two! Rock on girl. These look delicious. And yes, all moms have mushy moments… I have tons of them!

    • Lisa Longley says

      To be fair, the first try didn’t count because Nathan turned off the oven on me without me realizing, lol!

  2. Mir says

    Mental snapshots? Sounds like pregnancy to me. Either that, or motherhood is kicking in, hard core. It’s good to take notice of those moments, though. Rumor has it they go fast.
    These are lovely. Brown butter is always the best. Add pumpkin and yay!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Ha! Thanks Mir!

  3. Pam Young says

    How many chips do I add? It’s not listed on my recipe!! HeeHee!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      GAH!! 1 cup. Thanks Pam!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    These look AMAZING!! And you have amazing kids too. :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Dorothy!

  5. Amber says

    Winning recipe! I made these tonight ( Brandon helped smoosh the dough into the pan) and loved them. I used squash because I had extra from dinner and Ghirardelli extra dark chocolate chips.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Amber!!

  6. Kay Schnittke says

    One of your cookie bars calls for cookie butter…….I do not know what cookie butter is……help plz.

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