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Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin cookies, fall baking, pumpkin cookie bars, maple buttercream, fall cookies
Servings: 60 bars
These Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are a delicious and easy to make recipe that's perfect for fall.


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Maple Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • Cinnamon sugar to garnish


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 18 x 13 x 1-inch baking sheet with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes or until fluffy. Then, beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the pumpkin and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and beat until just combined.
  • Press the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking sheet. Dust your hands with flour if the dough is sticky.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Do not overbake.
  • While the baked cookie dough cools, prepare your buttercream frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter for about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar one cup at a time, adding a splash of milk as needed to keep the frosting smooth. Finally, add the pure maple syrup, maple flavoring, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix to evenly combine.
  • Spread the buttercream frosting over the cooled bars then sprinkle with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar. Slice into desired size and shape.

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