Recipe Exchange: Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Bars

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I have something really fun and exciting to share with you! Jamie from My Baking Addiction and I have teamed up to bring you a Holiday Recipe Exchange Series. Each week starting next week through the end of the year we’ll be hosting the Recipe Exchange on our blogs.

pumpkin sugar cookies with cinnamon buttercream


Hosted by Katie Goodman and Jamie Lothridge
Sponsored by Beanilla, Scharffen Berger, Kerrygold Butter, & more!

Additional Info Available Here: Holiday Recipe Exchange Posting & Prize Details

We all love sharing food and trying out new recipes from our friends and families. Through blogs, twitter, and facebook many of us have nurtured new found friendships and become part of a wonderful food blogging family. We don’t often have the opportunity to eat, cook, and share with one another in real life. Instead, let us all come together in our virtual kitchens while we share some of our very best and favorite Holiday recipes.

How can YOU participate?

This is a BLOG CARNIVAL. We need YOU to participate for the event to be successful. We encourage you to participate in the swap itself. Each week, starting November 17th we will host a virtual recipe swap on our blogs. Each week, a new theme, a new sponsor, and a new set of fabulous PRIZES.

That’s right! I said PRIZES! With the Blog Carnival Link Up System we are using you’ll be able to vote for your favorite recipe that has been submitted to the exchange. At the end of the voting period, the winner will be the participant with the most votes. Keep in mind that you will ONLY be eligible for the prize IF YOU POST IN THE LINK UP. This is not a traditional blog giveaway.

To help us promote the event you can Tweet or Facebook one of the following messages:

Sample Tweet: Join @GoodLifeEats and @BakingAddiction for a Holiday Recipe Swap. See how you can participate (and WIN) here: Pls RT

Or any other message you’d like to spread!

Check out the schedule below:

  • November 17 – Beanilla Vanilla Beans: and recipe featuring VANILLA
  • November 24 – Kerrygold Butter: any recipe featuring BUTTER
  • November 22 – Swanson’s Broth: STUFFING recipes
  • December 1 – Scharffen Berger Chocolate: any recipe featuring CHOCOLATE
  • December 8 – Scharffen Berger Chocolate: any recipe featuring CHOCOLATE
  • December 13 – Le Creuset: Family Favorite COMFORT FOODS
  • December 15 – Kerrygold Butter: any recipe featuring BUTTER
  • December 22 – TBA
  • December 29 – TBA

pumpkin sugar cookie bars

We hope you’ll participate! To kick things off, Jamie and I have each made a recipe from one another’s blog to share with you. I’ve taken Jamie’s post on Sugar Cookie Bars and given them a few seasonal tweaks. I bring you: Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie Bars! These were such a fun cookie bar to make and eat. The whole family loved them and are already asking when we can make them again. So much easier than rolling out sugar cookie cut out dough!

Check out Jamie’s post where she makes my Pumpkin-y Molasses Cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie Bars with
Cinnamon Buttercream

adapted from Sugar Cookie Bars

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For the bars:
1 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pumpkin
6 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp milk
food coloring (if desired)


For the bars:
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, and cloves. Stir the flour mixture with a whisk to combine. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix just until combined. Then add the pumpkin puree, followed by the remaining flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Spread on a greased 13x18 inch baking pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-20 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost.

For the frosting:
Combine butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, then add milk & mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cookie.

Note: A half recipe fits well in a 9x13 inch pan, though when I tested this the baking time was slightly longer.

Tip: To make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice, combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Makes 2 teaspoons.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    The Blue-Eyed Bakers - November 10, 2010 @ 5:33 am

    What a fabulous idea! We can’t wait to start cooking! And to see all the shared recipes!


  • 2
    Evan @swEEts - November 10, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    How fun! I love recipe swaps :) virtual ones are almost as good as the real thing!


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    the blissful baker - November 10, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    great idea, sounds like fun! those cookie bars are fantastic, definitely more interesting than your average pumpkin cookie!


  • 4
    Laura - November 10, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    I love the sugar cookie bars and can’t wait to try your pumpkin version!


  • 5
    Nisha - November 10, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    This is a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to share some of my favorite weight loss recipes that will get people through the holidays without regret!


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    Susieqtpies - November 10, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    DELISH! Come link up in my Christmas Goodie link up!!! I have to make these!



  • 7
    HolleyV - November 10, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    This looks yummy!! Will definitely have to try them.


  • 8
    SnoWhite - November 10, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    These look wonderful! I’m looking forward to the recipe swap too :)


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    megan @ whatmegansmaking - November 10, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! And I want to make these cookies!


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    Cookin' Canuck - November 10, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    What a fun idea, Katie! Those cookies look fantastic.


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    Jenn from Much to My Delight - November 10, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    Cool idea! I love the orange piping on those, and it does sound like a nice break not to have to roll out the dough. I think I need to get myself a few pieces of burlap–everytime I see it featured in photographs, it makes the color on everything else pop!


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    fooddreamer - November 10, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    Such a fun idea! I am bookmarking in order to remember to participate! Those cookies are gorgeous with the orange icing and the white sprinkles.


  • 13
    Laura Flowers - November 10, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Beautiful cookie bars! The pumpkin version is brillant.


  • 14
    Julia - November 10, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    Great idea!!! And the bars look AWESOME!


  • 15
    Jody Gladstein from The Party Zip - November 10, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    I am always looking for new holiday recipes! Love the swap idea!


  • 16
    naomi - November 10, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Awesome recipe! And I can’t wait to particpate itn the recipe swap!


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - November 10, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    I love what you did with these bars and I am so excited about our fabulous swap!


  • 18
    Imwaytoobusy - November 10, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    Wow, these are so adorable! They sound delicious. Perfect for company!


  • 19
    Kristy @momhatescooking - November 10, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Now I’m hungry! These look great.


  • 20
    Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer - November 10, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    Thes sound so good. I love bar cookies when your in a hurry or need them to be portable.


  • 21
    Kristen - November 10, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    I love sugar cookie bars. What a great tweak!


  • 22
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen - November 10, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    These look incredible! I love pumpkin!! :)


  • 23
    Tickled Red - November 11, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    What a cute idea. You have me scheming and thinking about recipes now ladies :) Love your tweaks to the cookie bars.


  • 24
    Shaina - November 11, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    I keep thinking about these bars and coming back to stare. I can’t wait to participate in the recipe swap. What a fantastic idea!


  • 25
    Ashley Genova - November 12, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    I have just the recipe I want to use.. I can’t wait until you guys get this started!!


  • 26
    Locke - November 14, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed by WordPress!


  • 27
    Clara - November 14, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    Great looking dish! Make me hungry!


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    megan @ whatmegansmaking - November 15, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    I made these bars last week and unfortunatley I didn’t like them all that much. I guess they just weren’t what I expected – they had more of a dense cake texture than sugar cookie texture.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 10:04 AM

      If they’re not cookie enough for you, I would suggest the original recipe (linked in the post) and just adding the spices not the pumpkin puree. Adding extra moisture to a recipe will always do that but personally we loved them and enjoyed the seasonal twist on the recipe.

    • megan @ whatmegansmaking replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 1:10 PM

      Great idea on adding the spices, but not the pumpkin. I think I’ll try that! Thanks for the reply.

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    AManda - November 15, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    WOW! These look amazing!! I cant wait to make them and share with my Bible study, they will go NUTS!!


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    Jen - November 17, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    Do you know how many servings this makes? I would like to half it since i only have a 9×13, but i want to make sure it will be enough for atleast 10-12 people


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 7:01 PM

      How many per person do you want? I made a 9×13 for the 4 of us but it took us a few days to finish them.

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    Catherine - September 27, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    I made these today! Thanks for posting something fun for fall. I have been looking for recipes and a lot of them end up being similar. This one is unique.


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