Cookie Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Okay, technically Fall is still over a month away, but I've got autumn edibles on my mind. I couldn't "fight the feeling any longer". You see, I've had Trader Joe's Crunchy Cookie Butter in my pantry for close to a month. I wouldn't let myself just dig in with a spoon because I just knew I'd eat the whole jar in one sitting be using it in a recipe. Oh, there are plenty of recipes out there for treats made with Cookie Butter, but I hadn't seen this pairing. So, here goes...today's recipe is...wait for it... Cookie Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars. Phew, I said it. It's been bottled up for too long. Okay, maybe just a couple of days, but it felt like forever. ;-)

I've been waiting for an occasion to make them (so I wouldn't eat them all myself) and last Friday I had the opportunity. Some dear friends invited us over for lunch and an afternoon of play for the kids and adult conversation for us mommies. Can I just say, I am beyond blessed with sweet friends. It's not that I have a lot of them, it's just that the Lord has seen fit to put me in relationships with people who help me grow in my walk with the Him and supply that deep need that we all have to belong. From you, my sweet bloggy friends, to those incredible souls who have known me for years and still call me friend, I am grateful. I would bake these bars for each of you if I could.

Because I was kind of winging it, I didn't get any process shots of this recipe. I think it is pretty straight forward and easy to put together.

Cookie Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Bars
1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
2/3 cup oil
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt

Cookie Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Cookie Butter (I used crunchy, but plain would be delicious too)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar (maybe more depending on how thick you want the frosting)
2 Tbsp. Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix together with pumpkin mixture. Spread in jelly roll pan sprayed with cooking oil.  Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. For the frosting, cream together butter and cookie butter. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk to the butters. Stir in vanilla. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

I know I will be making this again and again this fall, unless I'm not able to get the Cookie Butter. You know when Trader Joe's has a sign that says "Limit 10 per customer", it's gotta be something really good or really cheap. In this case, it is reeaaalllly good, and you almost can't put a price on that.

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33 comments:

  1. Okay, you got me with cookie butter...PLEASE save a bar for me :) Yum!

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  2. Fall is near when pumpkin recipes start appearing. This looks wonderful.

    Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon
    MakeMineLemon

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  3. I love pumpkin flavored desserts...this looks perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    ~Trisha

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  4. Never heard of cookie butter, but I do love pumpkin!!

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  5. These look so yummy! I can't wait to try them.

    Lauren @ Imperfect & Fabulous
    http://imperfectandfabulous.blogspot.com/

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  6. it's time! it's time for pumpkin things!!

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  7. Oh this sounds soooooooooooo good. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I never would have thought of pairing cookie butter and pumpkin, but now that I see it, it's genius! These bars look delicious! It's still too hot out for me to let myself get all excited about fall stuff, but I'm definitely pinning these for later, and I'm excited to try them! :)
    ~April @DimplesandDelights (visiting from StoneGable)

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  9. These bars look terrific! I cannot wait to try this recipe. It looks delicious.

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  10. Yum! I bet pumpkin and cookie butter are amazing together! I can't wait to try these:)

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  11. Pumpkin + cookie butter frosting sounds heavenly. And like you, I truly enjoy sharing baked treats with friends. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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  12. Its like two of my favorite things rolled into one! Droool! Looks and sounds amazing!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Life of the Party! Just a quick note to say Im going to feature this tomorrow in a fall inspired roundup!

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  13. Oh my ~ yummy!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  14. I love Trader Joe's and have yet to find this amazing product. It will be on my list next week. These sound delicious.
    Sarah
    Creative Ramblings
    Visiting today from the Inspiration Monday party.

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  15. This looks sooooo good! I wish we had a Trader Joe's nearby. :( Maybe I can find some sort of alternative for the Cookie Butter.

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  16. I need to try cookie butter, your bars look so good!

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  17. Yum! Cookie Butter and Pumpkin were made for eachother!

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  18. Oh my goodness...that PB cookie dough is delicious!!! The recipe looks awesome. Sharing it on my FB page. Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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  19. I love the sound of the cookie butter with pumpkin! What a great combination.

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  20. Oh my, these look so great! I'm sure they'd be a hit at Thanksgiving.

    I'd love it if you linked up to my weekly party, Manic Monday.

    Renea - http://cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh yum! You had me at cookie butter! ;) And well, pumpkin.
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

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  22. These look sooo yummy! I've heard so much about cookie butter, but have never actually tried it! I just might have to after seeing this recipe;) I found you via Grace Langdon's blog! Glad to be following you now!

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  23. I'm here from Monday Funday! This sounds amazing & it's never to early for all things pumpkin! I'm sharing on my FB page later today and pinning! xoxo Robin All Things Heart and HOme

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  24. These look delicious and they're the perfect Fall treat! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  25. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea with us!

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  26. Hi Nici. I'm so glad you stopped by My Sweet Mission and linked up this delicious Pumpkin Bars recipe (and a couple other posts!) to my new party! I've never heard of Cookie Butter, but it sounds YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a sweet day!
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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  27. YUMMY! I am so obsessed with the pumpkin recipes, so I am in heaven with fall coming about. I have never even heard of cookie butter!! I wonder if I can find it here in Florida. It sound SO yummy!

    If you have time you should link your post up at The Blog Strut! We would love to have you!

    Amber

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  28. 9-5-13
    Your recipe was featured on Full Plate Thursday and we really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing it with us!
    Miz Helen

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  29. To all who haven't heard of cookie butter or aren't near a Trader Joe's (sad, I'm in this boat!) -- try finding Biscoff spread. My local Kroger carries it - and Biscoff is basically the same thing as cookie butter with a different label!

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  30. This sounds absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party!

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  31. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever. I'm in full swing autumn mode, I adore pumpkin and all the flavours autumn has to offer. These bars look really yummy! I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

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