Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars

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Oh yeah, I’m going there. Hello August, hello PUMPKIN!

These Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars are the best pumpkin recipe ever! Rich pumpkin cookie bars filled with gooey Nutella - such an easy recipe the whole family will LOVE!

Okay, so even if you’re not all “Yay, It’s August, I can make all things pumpkin!” you still need this recipe in your life. Bookmark it, pin it, print it, whatever. You MUST make these bars at some point over the next few months. They’re life changing, gooey amazing, OMG bars.

I could not stop eating these. I kept going back for just one more bite…every 5 minutes. Remember all that Nutella I bought? Some of that went into these.

The rest went onto a spoon.

Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars

Last week, if you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I was in Vancouver, Canada. I fell in love with that city. I seriously could see myself living there. It’s so clean and beautiful and fun.

The reason for my trip was that my husband has a client there. He’s been going to Vancouver once a month since January and he knew I’d love to visit. We extended his work trip by a couple of days so we could sightsee together and celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary, and then I was on my own for a few days while he worked.

The two days he was working I shopped. And by “shopped” I mean I ate my way across downtown Vancouver. Doughnuts, pastries, coffee, chocolate, hard cider…you name it I ate it. One day I went to the drug store and bought $40 in chocolate bars that you can’t buy in the US.

What does this have to do with these Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars? Well, if there is one theme that ran through my trip to Canada, it’s that international people love their Nutella. It’s everywhere.

Nutella coffee, Nutella crepes, Nutella pastries…you guys, every single bakery and coffee house had some sort of Nutella on the menu. The USA needs to get with the program. Am I right or AM I RIGHT?

All week long I was reminded of those huge jars of Nutella and these bars that were already gone from my freezer.

And all week long I dreamed about making them again (and again and again).

These Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars are the best pumpkin recipe ever! Rich pumpkin cookie bars filled with gooey Nutella - such an easy recipe the whole family will LOVE!

I’m kind of posting this recipe out of order, because I developed the base pumpkin cookie recipe for some not-yet-posted cookies. Over the past 2 years I’ve tried several pumpkin cookie recipes and made so many adjustments and done so many trials to find my favorite one. The base of these bars is that cookie recipe.

I promise to go into pumpkin cookie anatomy at a later date. Just take my word for it: these pumpkin cookie bars are perfectly pumpkin-y, perfectly spiced, and totally fall. Or summer. Or whenever!

As most of my recipes are, these gooey cookie bars are really easy to make. You press half your dough into the bottom of a 9×9″ square pan. You partially bake the bottom layer, then you drizzle pure Nutella over the base and layer the rest of the cookie dough on top. Once they finish baking and cool they become a gooey, chocolatey pumpkin cookie bar.

Pumpkin and Chocolate is one of those combos you don’t know you love until you try. I pinky swear you’ll love it!

And, if you don’t love Nutella (????) you can use any chocolate spread in these bars. Hershey’s and Reese’s both have versions of chocolate spread. All of them would be perfect in these!

Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars - pumpkin cookie bars filled with gooey Nutella!

Don’t hate on me for starting pumpkin already. I just couldn’t help it. And once you try these, you’ll understand why!

Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars

These Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars will knock your socks off! They're full of rich pumpkin flavor and filled with gooey Nutella!
5 from 1 vote
Yield 16 bars
Serving Size

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Nutella or other chocolate spread

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place melted butter, pumpkin, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can also use a hand mixer, if you prefer. Mix until smooth, about 30 seconds. Mix in egg yolk, baking soda, salt, spices, and vanilla. Mix in flour until batter is smooth. It’ll be a soft batter.
  • Press half the batter in the bottom of the pan. The batter is sticky so you may want to spray your hands with cooking spray. It’ll be a thin layer in the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Place Nutella (or other chocolate spread) in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for just a few seconds until pourable. Pour evenly over the top of the partially baked crust. Spread it carefully so it doesn’t rip the cookie bars. Scoop tablespoons of batter over the top and carefully spread with your fingers. It won’t be a smooth layer but will mostly cover.
  • Bake an additional 17-20 minutes until the top is no longer glossy and the edges are golden brown. Cool completely before slicing.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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  1. Can anyone who’s made these answer a question for me? Does “melted” butter literally mean melted-til-liquid? I’m sort of a novice baker and really don’t want to mess these up, but I’m used to recipes calling for softened butter, not melted. Thanks in advance!

    1. Yes, it’s melted until liquid. Generally, if a recipe says “1/2 cup butter, melted” that means you measure 1/2 cup, then melt it. In the case of butter that means slice it to however much it is (in the case of 1/2 cup, use the whole stick) then melt it until it’s liquid. I like melted butter in cookies so much better than softened! 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. I love pumpkin and nutella, but I have had bad luck combining pumpkin and peanut butter in the past – the pumpkin flavor gets overshadowed by the peanut butter. I was worried that the nutella would overshadow the pumpkin or vice-versa in this recipe, but not to worry! The flavors maintain their integrity but compliment each other so well. The bars are moist and dense, my favorite combination.  I doubled the recipe and made it in a 9×13 pan. I took these to work today and they were a real hit! 

  3. Seeing that I live in Vancouver I am familiar with Nutella. I made these cookie bars last night after receiving 2 jars of Nutella free with my grocery purchase. I changed things up a bit and used muffin pan with cupcake liners. They turned out well with no cutting required. My only regret is that I didn’t use enough Nutella.

  4. These look great- pumpkin and nutella are two of my favorite things!  Does anyone know how you could adjust this to make a 9×13 pan?  I’d like to bring it to a group gathering. 

    1. I think you can just spread the batter into a 9×13 pan. Use a little extra nutella (maybe 1 1/2 times). The bars will be thinner but it will still work. Baking time may be less!

  5. I found this recipe after stumbling across it on Pinterest. The picture enticed me to the point that I absolutely had to make them today. They were absolutely delicious! The cookie part wasn’t crunchy, but rather soft and full of pumpkin flavored goodness. My mother, who normally doesn’t like pumpkin or Nutella, ended up consuming two squares! Thanks for such an amazing recipe!

  6. Pumpkin in August?!  I’m all for it!  Especially if it’s pumpkin oozing with Nutella goodness!

  7. With this August heat, we are all about looking forward to cooler weather and fall flavors! We say bring it on with these awesome cookie bars. Thanks for sharing, and for giving us a little fall flair.