Year after year, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a staple in our house during the autumn season! My husband loves them because the flavor is so rich, and I love them because I can whip them up quickly! That’s right, they’re only 5 ingredients! I always like to keep a couple extra spice cake mixes and cans of pumpkin in my pantry, because this recipe is exactly the kind of dessert I like to whip up before someone comes over unexpectedly or it’s a busy week and I need to bring a dessert to an event.
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Like I said, this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe is such an easy one! You can mix it up in less than five minutes and it bakes in about 20 minutes. The instructions are super easy, so if you want to skip down to the printable recipe card, please feel free! Some people like the step by step photos, though, so here are all of the very detailed directions.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars Ingredients
- Spice Cake Mix
- Canned Pumpkin
- An Egg
- Chocolate Chips
What if my store doesn’t carry canned pumpkin?
One year, there was a bit of a canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling shortage! I don’t think that will happen again, but I have been known to buy some ingredients on Amazon if I can’t find them in my store locally! It’s a lifesaver! Just in case you need it, here’s canned pumpkin you can buy online.
Can I substitute canned pumpkin pie filling?
Sometimes people get canned pumpkin and canned pumpkin pie filling confused because the labels look so similar. (Even I have accidentally grabbed the wrong can once while shopping at my local store!) However, for this recipe anyway, you cannot substitute pumpkin pie filling for plain canned pumpkin. There is a significant amount of spice flavoring in the cake mix, and adding the pie filling would be too much, in my opinion! It is best to stick to regular canned pumpkin for this recipe.
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Combine melted butter, canned pumpkin, spice cake mix, and one egg in a medium mixing bowl. Mix just until combined with a whisk.
Add the chocolate chips. (You can add more or less than the recipe calls for depending on your taste!) We like LOTS of chocolate chips!
Next, mix in the chocolate chips with a spoon. Doesn’t that look yummy?
After that, spoon out the Pumpkin Chocolate Cookie Bar batter into the baking dish. I smoothed it with a spatula so it would bake evenly.
Lastly, bake for 20-25 minutes. My cookie bars took exactly 23 minutes to bake completely, but your baking time will depend on your oven, of course!
They are packed with chocolate chips! Doesn’t that look delicious for Fall? Bring on all the pumpkin, please!
More Pumpkin Recipes for Autumn
- Savory Pumpkin Recipes – I love these ideas because using pumpkin in something other than a dessert is a nice change of pace!
- Keto Pumpkin Pecan Bread
- Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Hack
I hope you like this easy 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar recipe! Let me know if you try it!
- 1 box Spice Cake Mix
- 1 15 oz. can Pumpkin
- 1/2 cup Butter, melted
- 1 Egg
- 1 1/2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper or use baking spray on both the bottom and sides of pan.
- Next, pour cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, melted butter, and egg and stir well until combined.
- Then, add chocolate chips and stir until completely combined.
- Fold into baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until bars are golden on the sides and cooked through in the middle.
- Cool for 30 minutes to one hour and use parchment paper to remove from pan.
- Cut the cookie bars and enjoy!
Be sure to use canned pumpkin and not canned pumpkin pie filling!