Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars

These Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips. The topping is a simple, light cream cheese frosting drizzled with chocolate – so good!

These Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips.Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars

I love pumpkin in desserts in the fall. Some more of my favorites are Skinny Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake and Pumpkin Hazelnut White Chocolate Biscotti.

If you’re a fan of Fall flavored treats, these butterscotch bars are a great way to satisfy that craving. Think pumpkin blondies. It’s perfect for any Autumn equinox occasion, Halloween or Thanksgiving Day dessert.

For this recipe, I played around with my Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars looking for an Autumn twist. I absolutely loved how they turned out. They have just the right amount of pumpkin spice for my taste, but if you really love those spices you could add a bit more. If you want to make these ahead of time, you can bake the cookie bar a day in advance and along with the frosting. Then assemble the day you’re ready to serve them.

These Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips.

These Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips.

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These Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips.
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Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookie Bars

7
Freestyle Points
133
Calories
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 30 bars
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
These Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, Gold Medal
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch chips

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon and stir to blend.
  • In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, pumpkin and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out.
  • Fold in butterscotch chips.
  • Spread batter onto the baking pan using the back of a measuring cup to smooth evenly.
  • Bake 14-16 minutes, until the edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don't over-bake or your bars will be dry.
  • Let it cool completely on wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well-blended.
  • Frost bars and drizzle with the melted chocolate. *To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave safe cup and heat 15 seconds; stir. Another 15 seconds; stir until the chocolate is melted.
  • When the chocolate sets, cut into 15 large squares (5 cuts by 3 cuts with the knife).
  • Then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar, Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 71mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g
Freestyle Points: 7
Points: +4
Keywords: healthy pumpkin desserts, pumpkin blondies, Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars, pumpkin butterscotch cookies, pumpkin desserts