Enjoy fall with all its beautiful leaves, cool crisp air, and yummy treats like these chewy Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookie Bars.
Melanie here from Garnish & Glaze and like many, I LOVE pumpkin. I could eat pumpkin All. DAY. LONG. Pumpkin everything! Pancakes, donuts, bread, cake, soup… Sadly, when I was pregnant with my first child, just thinking about pumpkin made me feel sick. I actually had a hard time eating any sweets at all. What a sad fall/winter that was… but probably better for my health. I was actually kind of proud of myself for not eating 3 treats a day anymore and told myself I’d keep it up. Unfortunately/fortunately I started to feel better and I was eating for two so yeah, I gave in to my old ways. I really love sweets and I gotta have my chocolate!
Are Pumpkins Safe During Pregnancy?
Pumpkins are not only safe to eat, they are considered a superfood for pregnant women due to high content of fiber, vitamin A, iron and other nutrients that are essential for robust health of the mother-to-be and the baby.
Pumpkins can relieve abdominal cramps if you cook them, steam them and add to stir/fry or eat them as a soup or pie.
Pumpkin seeds are especially beneficial for expecting mothers.
They contain high amounts of protein, zinc and other vitamins.
You can incorporate pumpkins into your daily diet, but try not to overeat.
Pumpkin cookies are usually soft and cakey, very different from the texture of a typical cookie; however, these bars are chewy like your favorite chocolate chip cookie.
What Makes Chocolate Chip Cookies Chewy?
High moisture content does; so the recipe, baking time, and temperature must be adjusted to retain moisture.
Binding the water in butter, eggs, and brown sugar (it contains molasses, which is 10 percent water) with flour slows its evaporation.
Pumpkin is often seen paired with chocolate but I decided to shake things up a bit. At this time of the year, Hershey sells cinnamon chips. They are like mini chocolate chips but mounds of sweet cinnamon that give a burst of fall flavor to any treat you throw them in. They make these bars sooo delicious! If you are a chocolate addict, I totally understand. A chocolate version of these would be just as fantastic. Pumpkin and chocolate is hard to resist!
Will Cinnamon Lower Blood Pressure?
Run to your pantry, grab your jar of this sweet spice, and start sprinkling — studies have shown that it may be a food to lower blood pressure.
There’s also some possibility that cinnamon might help with cholesterol levels, too.
And for extra pizzazz I added icing and I don’t regret it at all. No one objects to icing right?
Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookie Bars
Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookie Bars
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cinnamon chips
For the icing:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons cream or milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
- Mix together melted butter, sugars, pumpkin puree, and vanilla.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.
- Fold in the cinnamon chips.
- Spread the dough into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
- For the icing:
- Mix the powdered sugar vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk.
- Add more milk to get desired consistency.
- Place icing in a plastic baggie or piping bag, cut off tip and pipe over bars.
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Enjoy more Pumpkin!