Easy Fall Cookie Bar Ideas
Cookie bars make an easy, versatile treat that’s ideal for sending with lunchboxes or serving as after-school snacks. Here are 40 recipes for cookie bars with fruity, tropical or chocolate twists!
Be sure to use rolled oats rather than quick oats when creating these chewy bars, and make sure they have been softened prior to baking.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
These soft and chewy cookies boast crisp edges for added crunchiness. Reminiscent of both sugar cookies and snickerdoodles, they feature some molasses for extra chewiness as well as warm fall spices – making these the ideal dessert to serve alongside homemade slow cooker apple cider for an enjoyable cozy evening by the fire!
To create these cookies, combine butter and both sugars in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until fluffy and uniform. Slowly add eggs one at a time while mixing thoroughly after each addition. Meanwhile, in another mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in another mixing bowl; gradually combine these dry ingredients with wet ones using low speed until just mixed.
Add chocolate chips or chopped nuts as desired for more variety in the cookie dough, and chill before scooping and baking for better consistency. Place cookies 2-inches apart onto a silicone mat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet before baking until cookies have set and slightly browned on their bottoms; allow to cool before frosting with cream cheese frosting (optional).
Espresso Cream Cheese Bars
Add pumpkin and cheesecake goodness into one bite-size treat this fall season with these easy fall cookies featuring creamy cheesecake filling, packed between decadent chocolate layers. Crunchy shortbread adds crunchiness while milk chocolate adds depth of flavor reminiscent of a Twix bar; before the cookies set up, sprinkle some flaky sea salt to further increase their delectability!
These irresistible peanut butter and chocolate cookies make an irresistible combination, featuring peanut butter chips, chocolate icing and chopped peanuts arranged crisscross style for a truly irresistible bar-shaped cookie treat! Plus there’s brown sugar and caramel for additional depth of flavor that’s sure to please.
If you love St. Louis-style, gooey butter cookies, try these bar recipes! They feature fresh, juicy berries atop a delicious graham cracker crust and include a rich cheesecake-like layer between two ultra-rich chocolate layers for maximum indulgence!
If you’re baking for a crowd, these cookie bars make an ideal dessert for fall picnics and cookouts, family snacking occasions and potlucks. This recipe utilizes spelt flour for its chewy texture which pairs perfectly with ginger and molasses in creating this crowd-pleasing cookie bar recipe – plus, leftover pumpkin puree can even be utilized!
Peanut Butter Bars
This old-school peanut butter and chocolate dessert is a timeless favorite. The thick peanut butter base tastes similar to Reese’s cup filling and is finished off with silky smooth layer of melted chocolate for extra decadence. Add an extra kick by scattering some salty toasted peanuts on top for extra flavor!
No-bake peanut butter bars make a delicious treat for both kids and adults. Perfect to bring along to bonfires or cookouts as they’re so quick and simple to make! Serve these with slow cooker apple cider and hot cocoa for the ultimate fall treat.
Peanut butter icing can be quickly made on the stovetop by whisking together butter, creamy peanut butter, milk and powdered sugar with vanilla extract until well mixed. Pour it over warm bars and spread into an even layer before topping with generous sprinkle of roasted salty peanuts pressed lightly into the icing for decoration.
These fall cookie bar recipes are some of my favorites to bring to gatherings with family and friends, as they’re so easy to make and always go over well! They’re sure to please!
These adorable spider cookies are created with basic peanut butter cookie dough with just a few added ingredients for Halloween treats! Ideal for serving at parties or just scaring kids before bedtime!
Start with a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie base made with vegetable shortening and butter for optimal texture, then stir in small bits of chocolate and vanilla bean extract before stirring in both granulated and brown sugar for sweetness and to ensure thick and chewy cookies!
Once the cookies have been baked and are still warm, use your thumb to press an indentation into each one, creating the foundation of a spider body. While they cool, microwave some marshmallows for several seconds on high until they puff up and become slightly sticky – then microwave your cookies again briefly to melt their remaining adhesiveness!
Spoon melted marshmallow over each cookie’s indentations and carefully pull back to form a “web”. Add a few dots of chocolate melted onto Reese’s mini peanut butter cups as eyes to complete these adorable spider cookies – sure to impress family, friends or guests alike!
Cinnamon Roll Blondies
These delicious blondies feature a buttery cinnamon-sugar mixture swirled throughout, much like the filling of a classic cinnamon roll. A simple vanilla glaze completes them as an ideal fall dessert that you can serve at potlucks, school bake sales, or after-school snacks.
Brown sugar adds depth of flavor and chewy texture, complementing their sweet cinnamon filling perfectly. These blondies don’t use baking powder or soda, so may not have as much cakey texture compared to some other blondie recipes; one egg provides just enough rise so they remain moist and chewy!
To make the filling, combine melted butter with sugar and cinnamon until the mixture becomes firm, then chill until firm. To assemble blondies, press half of the dough into the bottom of a pan before spooning cinnamon filling over it and pressing more dough on top – using a knife, swirl together both fillings.
Once the bars have cooled, add your frosting before cutting into squares and storing in an airtight container at room temperature for three days.
Chocolate Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin puree gives classic chocolate chip cookies an autumn flair, creating soft, cakey bars bursting with chocolatey goodness – ideal for after school snacks or light dessert. Switch up your mix by including semi-sweet and bittersweet chips for an extra special finish or layer them up with white chocolate to elevate their deliciousness even more!
Use a silicone baking mat, line the pan with foil, and liberally spray with nonstick cooking spray for best results. All the batter can be mixed at one time in one bowl before being baked all at once in just one pan, making these easy cookie bars the ideal fall dessert recipe.
If you want an even quicker version of these bars, simply dump the dough directly into your prepared pan without mixing first. Baking will still take about 30 minutes but with less work required on your part.
These delicious sweet and savory treats combine bourbon, toasted walnuts and caramel into one delicious treat, complete with rich cinnamon icing drizzle for that added autumn touch! Sure to impress at your next fall dinner party or harvest festival!
Rolo Oatmeal Cookie Bars
These sophisticated Rice Krispies treats make an impressive dessert to serve at bonfires or cookouts; also making an ideal option to bring along to potlucks as an impressive dessert option. Just 30 minutes will get them on the table! Perfectly balanced flavors come together in these sweet-nutty bars; perfect as potluck desserts as well.
Melt together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Fold in flour, oats, baking powder and salt – your batter should resemble soft cookie dough – until all of it has been mixed in evenly. Fold chopped Rolos until evenly distributed before turning out approximately half of this mixture onto an 8×8-inch foil-lined pan and spreading and pressing Rolo pieces to an even layer before spreading remaining cookie mixture over them all before baking until its surface turns light golden color and toothpick inserted comes out clean from center of cake!
These gooey caramel goodness cookie bars are the ultimate fall dessert recipe! Made using both chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie mixes, making this treat even easier to make! Rolos give the bars their unique charm! Feel free to substitute other caramel candies – but Rolo’s add an extra special touch that sets these apart!