Pumpkin Pie Nutella Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Bars for SRC and #cookielove | Parsley, Sage and Sweet

Pumpkin Pie Nutella Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Bars for SRC and #cookielove

December 5, 2011 at 10:58 am | Posted in Cookies, Dessert, Holiday, Puddings, SRC, Vegetables | 49 Comments
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I think I need to come up with a shorter name for these, huh?  I was thrilled when my Secret Recipe Club blog assignment arrived and the blog assigned to me, Megan’s Cooking, had a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars.  I’ve seen these all over the net and they’ve been bookmarked forever.  That said, I loved getting Megan’s Cooking because even though I had my heart set on these, there were so many amazing recipes to choose from, so if these didn’t work out, the sky was the limit.  On my holiday baking list, her No-Bake Nutella cookies, Pistachio Bites etc.. among many other great cookie recipes she has, not to mention everything else outside of cookies!

OK, OK…YES, another pumpkin recipe.  I had two sugar pumpkins left for roasting, so I’m NOT done with pumpkin yet!  In fact, my next post is something awesome with pumpkin, and I’m sure I’ll get at least another one in before the New Year.  Did I tell you I love pumpkin?  Is it that obvious?  4 pumpkin recipes in a little over a month – I guess it is.

I also love Nutella.  More than pumpkin, possibly more than most things.

Nutella is something I truly believe you can eat on anything outside of proteins.  Hmmm…then again, I think I’d even try a Nutella roast turkey, wouldn’t most of you?

Nutella reminds me of my roommate (The only normal one, but what’s normal?  Am I normal?), at the rehab facility where I was getting physical therapy for my knee, who shattered her ankle, so we both had wheelchairs with leg extenders.  People always knew when we were coming around the corner because they saw leg first.  We even leg extender crashed into each other several times.  Thanks to her husband’s many trips to the market for ‘good’ food for us, we each had our own jar of Nutella.  One morning I woke up – the sun glaring through the window, but not as brightly as Sharon’s smile.

“I just spread Nutella on my toast and I’m so happy”

I pulled over my breakfast tray and was soon just as happy.  Physical therapy was somehow a little less painful that morning.

So, here I was, one bowl of beige snickerdoodle cookie dough, one bowl of pumpkin pie topping.  As great as the bars would be just ‘as is’- it needed something.  These were blank canvases just waiting to be painted.  Out came my chocolate chip brush, all over the cookie dough – about 1 cup.  After I pressed it into the pan and spread the pumpkin cakey pie filling on top, there it was again, that blank canvas.  I knew exactly what it needed.  I was going to make this pumpkin pie topping A LOT happier.  As you can see, I did.

I also added a bit of cinnamon to the cookie dough because even though these bars are topped with cinnamon sugar – the base is simply a plain cookie, or in my case, a basic chocolate chip cookie dough without it.  It needed to live up to it’s name, it needed to be more ‘snickerdoodley’.

On another note, I have some news for you all.  I found some natural light in my place.  Now, it’s not bright, it’s not direct, it’s simply a 12-inch or less square of light that hangs out until about 2pm.  I noticed it accidentally when I was on my hands and knees looking for something in that area and saw it spread across my hand.  It was like a handshake, a Hellloooo, Lisa!  I immediately grabbed my camera, placed an apple in this tiny area and snapped away. Not great -nowhere near enough light… no room for a tripod, a little blurry, and well, a little uncomfortable since I have to contort my body to take photos in such a small space, but definitely a little more of those food details I’ve desperately coveted -  for a long, long, LONG time.  Now I have to find a way to work with this small amount of mediocre light, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet, even at 1.8 and 2.8 f-stops.

This doesn’t mean I get to totally eradicate my Lowel Ego lights (in fact, this post is a bit of both), but it does mean that every so often, with a lot of post process lightening, I can see the glisten of an egg yolk – the swirl within a white frosting.  An underwhelming, semi excited ‘yay’.  I’ll take anything at this point, anything!!

UPDATE – scratch all of the above…it was a fluke patch of light.

Now for the linky’s, and once again, I have two.  First, the blue froggy from this month’s Secret Recipe Club for Group A.  Check out all the great recipes prepared from everyone’s blog assignments!

Second…cookie love!  Please join in on the #cookielove fun by linking up any cookie recipe from the *month of December 2011. Don’t forget to link back to this post so that your readers know to come stop by the #cookielove event! The twitter hashtag is #cookielove. Wait until you see all the fantastic cookies, plus, it’ll give you more than a few ideas and recipes for your holiday baking!

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Pumpkin Pie Nutella Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Bars
Adapted from Megan’s Cooking via Julia, author Of Dozen Flours- with my revisions

Snickerdoodle Layer
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup mini-chocolate chips or chopped chocolate.

Pumpkin Pie – Nutella Layer
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups fresh roasted or canned pumpkin puree
1/2 to 3/4 cup Nutella

2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1.  Lightly butter or oil spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan or dish.  If desired, line with parchment paper, two edges hanging over, so you can lift the whole uncut bar out of the pan for easier cutting.

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and set aside. In large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture into the egg mixture until uniform. Stir in the mini-chocolate chips. Spread the dough as evenly as you can on the bottom of the pan.

3. In a mixer bowl (you can use the same one you used to make the snickerdoodle dough) with a paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugar (You can also use a hand mixer, or a just a spoon) Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined. This mixture is looser, so pour/scrape over the snickerdoodle layer, smoothing out the top. Preheat oven to 350F.

4.  Drop tablespoons of Nutella over the top of the pumpkin pie mixture.  About 4 rows of three dollops.  Marble gently with a knife or spoon.

5. Combine white sugar and cinnamon in a little bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter.

6. Bake at 350F for about 35-45 minutes, (depending on your oven..for some, it has taken longer) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bars cool completely (about an hour).
7. Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Place on a cutting board and cut into bars.  Drizzle cut bars with melted chocolate (better to drizzle them when cut so some chocolate drips down every side).

8. Let chocolate set or eat them before the chocolate sets (which we did). Store any remaining bars in a covered container, preferably in the fridge so they last longer.

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  1. I’m a huge pumpkin lover and I cant wait to see whats coming! Thanks for the sweet words and I’m tickled I was your SRC assignment. I’m loving the changes you made to these bars and I’m tempted to make these again with a few of your embellishments. :) I’ll be back to link up to your cookie party!

  2. What a great new take on this fabulous recipe by Megan. Makes me want to run to the cupboard and grab the Nutella and a spoons!

  3. Yum! Love all the flavors going on here, these sound absolutely delicious!! :)

  4. They look really great and love your creativity. Big fan of nutella – can never go wrong using it in anything. Love the photo’s Lisa bet they taste really good.

  5. Oh my gosh, you are killing me with these bars. I want some so much now.

  6. OMG, those are devilish! They contains everything I love. Killer bars.



  7. YUM! All my favorites combined in one yummy, gooey bar. So beautiful and crave-worthy!

  8. I haven’t seen these yet and they look really good!! Two of my hubby’s favorites in one he will be a happy guy if I gift him with these :) Congrats on finding the light Lisa, your photos do look great and your recipes are wonderful, go enjoy that light!

  9. I’m not sure which layer I am more excited about, LOL. Great pick for SRC!!

  10. These look delicious!

  11. As you say, anything is better with Nutella on it! These bars look gorgeous, and loving the natural light in your pics :-)

  12. Zooooomg Lisa!!! Anything calld cookie, pumpkin pie and Nutella and you’ve won my heart. This sounds DELICIOUS and a totally cool twist on a fall dessert!

  13. That title and these bars are quite a mouthful! Lisa, Once again you took a great recipe and took it to the moon and back! Awe-inspiring, awe-mazing and awesome all rolled into one bar!

  14. And I thought I was done with pumpkin… these are begging to be made. They incorporate so many of my favorite ingredients!

  15. Wow this is like a bunch of things I love separately got together and had an incredible lovechild ;). Thanks for sharing this awesome treat!

  16. Don’t apologize for another pumplkin recipe. The color nd texture of those littles bars look amazing and I still have a can or two of pumpkin hanging around. Great choice.

  17. You had me at Nutella!!! Oh looks so delicious!

  18. Oh Lisa that just looks really dangerous, I would empty the dish. Nutella does go with everything and it is a protein ;-) Very creative recipe my friends.

  19. Oh my dear, what a combination of goodies you have here… it’s the perfect holiday cookie!

  20. I love that your friend is so much happier with Nutella… I’m with her on that one! This looks like such an interesting recipe with all the different but complementary flavors going on:) A winner, for sure!

  21. What an amazing bake for Megans blog…I love her blog too. What fun that you have a thing for pumpkin. 4 in a month! WTG!! Must check out your recipes as I have some roasted pumpkin puree on hand too!

  22. Wow…you can’t really go wrong with those ingredients. Yummy!

  23. nutella seems to make the world go around at a better pace :)

  24. Oh my word! These are the most decadent and deliciously over the top things I’ve seen this season. :-) Yum!!

  25. Pumpkin pie and nutella!!! Yes, please! Love these bars! Bookmarked. :)

  26. Oh the cookie love. You are an eveil genius.

  27. What a delicious combination of flavors! YUM!

  28. Could you get anymore into one bar? (Yes, I know, you probably could!) Those are a mouthful to say and they look and sound de-lish!

  29. Um, whoa. Just whoa. Do you think these would mail well, because I kinda think I need one like right now! Hooray on the natural lighting!!! It has been raining and overcast for two and a half weeks here, resulting in my hyperventilating and the worst photos I have probably ever taken. I feel like I become a worse photographer everyday.

  30. I’m not saying the key lime cheesecake bars weren’t good–they were! But here’s another key lime cheesecake I made a while back that I kind of like better. Just sharing, since you have some of the real stuff. ;)

    • Thank you, Katrina..bookmarked it! :)

  31. Glad that you found a wee bit of light and I hope that you can work with it. Your bars look delish and I too adore Nutella but have to be careful now that Maisie can’t have it as she loves it and I don’t want to make her jealous. Hope all is well and I’ll talk to you when I return.

  32. Yay for natural light :)
    Nice touch with Nutella, it makes everything double better!

  33. These are dangerous–I love Nutella and pumpkin, almost as much as I love the word ‘snickerdoodly’! I must find someplace to use that…

  34. Chocolate and pumpkin mhmmm… sounds so delicious! I’ve never had Nutella (allergic to hazelnuts), but I so wish I could try it!

  35. Boy, do you come up with some unexpected and awesome combinations but they all work so perfectly well! And pumpkin is just made for chocolate – or nutella – am I right? I discovered Nutella in Israel of all places in 1977 and couldn’t get over how amazing it was. And your story of rehab is utterly charming! These bars are calling me…. begging me to eat one or two squares. The perfect winter snack. And now I have images of you crawling around on all fours after a wandering pack of pumpkin pie chocolate chip snickerdoodles let loose in the apartment….

  36. these look INCREDIBLE. pumpkin and nutella together? along with snickerdoodles??? this is awesome! sending some #cookielove to you!

  37. Gorgeous bars Lisa! I adore pumpkin with Nutella. Actually, anything with Nutella;)I loved reading about your discovery of natural light:)There’s a perfect spot in my kitchen at a certain hour. I try to remember to get it all ready to shoot at that perfect time:)Your lighting looks wonderful. xx

  38. Whoaaaaa! Now that is a dessert bar I can get on board with!

  39. wow..those bars are dangerously delicious and irresistible!

  40. All the yummy favorites in one here, awesome!

  41. Nutella & pumpkin – oh my! Perfect recipe for the cookie exchange (s) I’m invited to!

  42. I love pumpkin, so keep ‘em coming! These bars look DELICIOUS, and that’s fantastic news about the natural light. :)

  43. Holy yum! I love that you are still baking with pumpkin. I’ve got to get my pumpkin fix, soon :)

  44. Everything, absolutely everything (ok well except um..at least one exception..um) is better in threes.
    Three flavors, three amazing tastes and I bet I’ll even get Mr. Sweet Butter to eat these. He’ll never know there’s pumpkin in them if I don’t tell them and I bet he’ll love them!!

  45. These look amazing. REally, really amazing!

  46. FUN FUN FUN Lisa…love how you did these, and loved your pick for the SRC. I love Megans blog and the ‘secret’ bit behind is always fun! Fab bars!!

  47. MMMMMMM,….These lovely bites look utterly delicious!!
    Wonderful & tasty bars!

  48. These look outstanding! Fellow secret recipe club member :-)

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