Pumpkin Toffee Gooey Bars

These Pumpkin Toffee Gooey Bars are my favorite Gooey Bar yet! Pumpkin, spices, and toffee make these the best Fall dessert!

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Some random thoughts I’ve had in my head the last few days:

1. Jordan is going to have to do a biography report this Spring. My immediate first thought: she’s going to want to choose Hannah Montana. It’ll be named “A Miley Cyrus Biography: Twerking for Tweens.”

2. Never go to Costco on a Friday at lunch time. I know this, yet my brain refuses to allow me to get there before 11am.

3. When you’re at Costco at 11am on a Friday, be sure to leave your cart in the center of the major throughway so you can go peruse the sausage samples. I’ll wait for you, no problem.

4. I’m excited that Tuesday will be “after Labor Day” because that means Watch What Happens Live will be back on. I miss my Andy!

5. Big Bang Theory is one of the best shows EVER. If you’ve never watched it, start.

6. I’m updating my About page, and I added a Behind the Blog page and Baking FAQ page. What do you want to know that I haven’t already told you?

7. It’s September, one of my favorite months. And since we are officially out of August I can now shove pumpkin in your face an average of once a week until November 30. So there.

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You knew it was only a matter of time before I made Pumpkin Gooey Bars right? I mean, the wild success of my Funfetti Gooey Bars (I so did not see that one coming) has made it so that I will make every flavor of Gooey Bar I possibly can.

I might have to say – these are my favorite so far. I know I said that after the chocolate ones, and the peanut butter ones, but these are seriously the best.

These are Fall in a bite, and I want it to be Fall so bad I ate lots of bites in case it would make it be here sooner. (Seriously, still forecast 90s this week. I’m so over it.)

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As usual, these start with a cake mix. Instead of using butter, I used pumpkin puree. The bars are layered with sweetened condensed milk, toffee bits, and pecans.

They bake up seriously gooey. You can tell that from the photos, and in this case gooey = good.

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Okay, that’s it. I’m headed to the freezer where I hid the rest of these bars.

What random is happening in your life right now?

Pumpkin Toffee Gooey Bars

Pumpkin Toffee Gooey Bars


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” square pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Mix cake mix, pumpkin, egg, pumpkin pie spice, and flour with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Batter will be gooey.
  3. Press half the batter into the prepared pan. I found it easier to spray my hands with cooking spray before pressing so the batter wouldn’t stick to my hands.
  4. Sprinkle pecans and toffee bits over the top of the bottom layer. Pour sweetened condensed milk over evenly over the nuts and toffee bits. Tip: spray your measuring cup with cooking spray, then pour the sweetened condensed milk into the cup. It will pour out easier. Note: you can transfer any leftover milk to a small sealable container and freeze until you need it again.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough evenly over the top of the bars. Spray your hands again and press gently to evenly cover.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, until they are golden around the edges. Cool completely before slicing. (I often refrigerate them for a few hours before cutting.)
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  1. Box of cake mix , 1 egg, and a can of sweetened cond milk can do no wrong. That was pretty much my blog for most of 2011 I think. Lol

    I love that you worked in pumpkin. And toffee! So good!

    And Costco. I quit my membership b/c I cannot handle the parking, the crowds, and the whole scene. More power to you for braving it!

  2. Let the Pumpkin season begin! These look absolutely yummy:-D

  3. These pumpkins bars look fantastic! Love that you added the toffee to them!
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  4. Oh these bars!! I love them! Hooray for September and Fall foods!! These look good and awesome. Plus, I love the toffee!!

    I am so excited about your new updated pages and the new behind the scenes page! I am head to check those out now!
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  5. i’m so excited about baking this fall! It is one of my favorite seasons! And these bars look incredible!
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  6. I am so ready for fall, Dorothy. I already have my fall decorations up and I’ve already made two fall recipes!

    I love these pumpkin bars. YUM! Pumpkin season and fall are my FAVORITE times of the year!
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  7. Keep shoving the pumpkin goodness in our faces because I love love Fall!
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  8. Bring on the pumpkin! This looks like a marvelous start to the pumpkin season.
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  9. These do look gooey and good! Bring on the Fall food for sure – apples, pumpkins, squash….I’m in! :)
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  10. I knew I was saving that bag of toffee chips for a reason :) I am so making these.
    Jenn recently posted..Zucchini Oat BreadMy Profile

  11. You are so right – gooey=good!! These look perfect, Dorothy!
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  12. Yes, gooey always = good!! These look absolutely incredible, Dorothy! :)

  13. Oh, holy WOW!! … those look soooooo good, Dorothy! Do you deliver to North Carolina? :-)
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground
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  14. Oh my heck, pumpkin + toffee + gooey??? That’s perfection. Delicious perfection! Thanks so much for the link love, now if I could just get one of those bars to magically appear! :)

  15. Yum, these do look wonderful. Regarding #3 above, next time someone walks more than a few steps away from their cart…move it far away and then stand back and watch them search for it!! And as for #7, there is no reason to stop making pumpkin on 11/30. Pumpkin is still good for Christmas pies so maybe 12/31.. :)

  16. Ha, love your points. Big bang is great. I recommend Parks and Recreation.

    I should try some gooey bars..these seem like a great start.
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  17. I have cans of pumpkin sitting on my counter..waiting to be baked tomorrow! It’s never too early.

  18. I can’t get enough pumpkin! And you are so right about Costco!!! I was there this past Friday at 11:00 am, and coming out of a side aisle into a main aisle was like waiting to make a right turn into bumper-to-bumper traffic, and there was even a long line to leave the store (and I saw people cutting in front of others, just like in traffic!). Thanks for the tip about Sam’s. I may have missed your post, but Jordan says you make the best blueberry muffins in the world, and I just bought a giant container of blueberries at Costco, so are you sharing that recipe?

  19. I literally fell off my chair when I saw this on Pinterest. Pumpkin toffee gooey cake?!?! Way to open pumpkin season with a bang!
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  20. I love that you have the same feeling about shoving fall foods in peoples faces the moment it’s September lol.
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  21. Umm, yes. Since when it cloudy and 90° weather in September okay?? Seriously Sacramento, get with the program!

    And yes, Big Bang Theory is my favorite show ever! I know I’ve mentioned this to you before… We’re onto season 4 (or is it 5?), and we watch at least 2 episodes every night. SO addicting! But not as much as your pumpkin gooey bars, I’m sure. :)
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  22. Bring on the pumpkin!! These look so gooey and perfect and need to happen in my kitchen ASAP.
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  23. Who exactly came up with the word “twerking”??? That’s the best they could do? And I have to catch Big Bang Theory! AND I must make these pumpkin bars! Holy cannoli’s these are outstanding!
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  24. Oh I need these RIGHT NOW! Love it!

  25. Mmmm, these look amazing! What a fun idea for the flavor combination! I love both pumpkin and toffee and when they’re in a gooey bar? Well that sounds delectable!

  26. Totally, totally terrific! Toffee AND pumpkin? In LOOOVE!
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  27. Oh my gosh these look amazing!! I can’t wait to try!

  28. Bring on the pumpkin…I have been impatiently waiting for all this orange goodness to start showing up! Gooey pumpkin bars…sounds perfect to me!!!
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  29. I love that you used pumpkin instead of butter. These look so wonderful!
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  30. These look like the gooey-est and yummiest of your gooey bars! I’m dying over them! YUM!
    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar recently posted..Caramel Apple Puppy ChowMy Profile

  31. I am so ready for pumpkin – these bars look incredible!
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  32. It makes sense that these would be the best gooey bars so far, because each one you make is better than the next! I think you should keep going….strive for nirvana (if we aren’t there yet). Gooey bar development gives you lots of posts and we get lots of delicious! I love the idea of “Fall in a bite!”
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  33. Hi Dorothy! Just saw these on Pinterest. They look AWESOME!! Definitely will be making these tomorrow. One quick question though, can I use Heath bar bits instead of toffee bits?

  34. I’m so ready for pumpkin and Andy Cohen!! I really want to be the bartender on WHHL!! (life long dream!!)
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  35. You just CAN’T go wrong with pumpkin and toffee. The cake mix makes these so easy to prepare Dorothy! I have no doubt how gooey they are. That’s what I love about sweetened condensed milk!

  36. The pumpkin gooey bars look AMAZING! I am going to be pinning this to try! Thanks for sharing! Found you at A Time to Sparkle!

  37. Hi Dorothy! How many bars does this recipe yield? Thanks :)

  38. Do you think these would be ok to make on thursdsy to take to a party on Saturday, if I keep them in the fridge? Looks so yummy!

  39. lots of your recipes call for a 9×9 pan, why not a 9×13?

    • A few reasons, actually. One, I like thicker bars. And for things that use a mix (like the gooey bars) unless I use two mixes, they’re not going to be as thick as I’d like them. And also, I feel like a 9×9 size is more manageable for my family. There are only 3 of us! :)

  40. I am a bit confused on this… do I have to prepare the yellow cake mix as I would when making a yellow cake or do I just add the cake mix powder to the above ingredients? Thanks so much for sharing… so gonna make this today! =)

  41. The batter will literally stick to your fingers unless you spray down the entire batter with cooking spray Other than that, it’s all good.
    They’re baking in the oven as we speak. Hoping they turn out good! :)

  42. I was just wondering how you would adjust this recipe for a 9×13? I’d love to make them for thanksgiving but a 9×9 just wouldn’t be enough ;)
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    • You can make the recipe only doubling the sweetened condensed milk, white chips and toffee bits, but they will be thinner. (The original gooey cake bar recipes uses one cake mix for a 9×13″ pan.) I like my bars thick, so if you do that, you can double it all. It will affect baking time however!

  43. This recipe sounds incredible (and as an added bonus uses up my leftover condensed milk & pumpkin). I have a question though, I’m not a fan of nuts in my desserts. Can I sub something? Leave them out? Suggestions??? Thanks!

  44. Hi Dorothy, I recently had a wonderful desert that i feel in love with. it was a sweet potato filling in on top a crust that was made out of yellow butter cake mix. it taste just like grahm cracker except it was a soft crust. i have tried to make it several times i never seem to get the crust right. you would never imagine that the crust was made from cake mix. can you tell me how to get that same texture and taste. my crust rises and taste to cakie.


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