Chocolate Marble Pepita Pumpkin Bark on a Krispy Nutella Cookie Base

What better come Fall than a crispy nutella cookie bar and pumpkin chocolate bark in one!?! But, first we start with a delicious, delectable, KRISPY No-Bake Nutella Cookie, that’ll blow yer mind, all by its ‘lil ol self!

All that being said…

I have never made any kind of chocolate bark.  No idea why since it’s one of simplest treats you can cobble together in no time, and the add-in possibilities are endless.  I’ve also never met or known a guy named Nigel who isn’t British or tried fried pickles, rhubarb, or Mochi (whaa??), but that’s beside the point.  We all have a lot of nevers in our lives and some of them should stay nevers, but chocolate bark isn’t one that should ever stay a never.

Well..I just sort of crossed the chocolate bark never off my list.  BUT, this did not come about until I made a no bake cookie by my Secret Recipe Club blog assignment..Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic.  I love her blog, and I loved all the goodies I could choose from, but in the end, I especially loved her no bake Nutella cookies, so I chose those.

Pumpkin White and Dark Chocolate Bark with a KRISPY No-Bake Nutella cookie Base and Salted Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

Since I already told you what I chose, here’s some recipes I almost chose; Caramel Coconut Bars and these luscious looking meatballs..not to mention her array of other no bake treats, (I was feeling the no bake this month).  However, the two former choices were guest posts, so even if she made their recipes, I figured I would stick with something that was 100% hers, or something she adapted or decided on herself.

NO-Bake KRISPY Nutella Cookies (similar to Little Debbie Star Crunch!) with a few secret ingredients that make them extraordinary!
I also decided on this chocolate bark since it’s Fall and Halloween is beckoning us with its witchy finger.  In other words, it’s candy time and time for me to get some pumpkin recipes up.  Her bark is a simple white and dark chocolate marble with pistachios, which sounds great, although the photos were gone, so I couldn’t see what it looked like.  Then I read something about her losing some photos via Google+, so I assume that’s why they were missing.

So, I took Kim’s bark recipe, doubled the white chocolate and added two more ounces of dark chocolate.  The best part was adding the pumpkin and spices to the white chocolate, ((and this is why my ‘chocolate bark’ became a ‘sort of’ since the pumpkin puree softened the white chocolate so it was more like a ganache swirled into chocolate bark, taking away that snappy chocolate deal)), along with salted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds).  BUT, the bestest part was adding a base of her no-bake nutella cookie recipe to it.  This came to me at the spur of the moment as I looked at the still melted bark with a sprinkling of pepitas.  It just begged for something else.  It needed some bling.

KRISPY No Bake Coconut Nutella Cookies
I had already made a pan of her thick and hunky nutella cookies, and it almost seemed as if one winked at me; a shiny, glint of crispy chocolate cooing, “Come on, baby..give me a chance; use me again!”

It was a match made in a white and semisweet chocolate pumpkin patch!

Having said that, it looks and sounds like it would be overly sweet, doesn’t it? isn’t.  The pumpkin, spices and salted pepitas tone down the sweetness of the white chocolate, and the semisweet chocolate is well, semi sweet, so no major surge in blood sugar outside of the bits of cookie base.

The addition of the no bake nutella cookie base made the chocolate bark more like a cross between a cookie bar and chocolate bark, rather than a chocolate bark by itself.  Not a bad thing at all.

Speaking of cookie, I made some small changes to her No-Bake Nutella Cookie formula.  I used butter instead of shortening, decreased the sugar but increased the amount of nutella by 3, and added a bit of orange zest to cut the richness. THEN, I decreased the oats and added rice krispies  (recent change to recipe) for a crispy crunch, not unlike a Little Debbie’s Star Crunch. (LOVE!).  I also eliminated the coconut extract, and added vanilla extract.  You see, she has some vanilla components in there that she makes herself, like vanilla salt and I think vanilla oats, which I didn’t want to make at this time, (but I will soon!). But, I do have a large canister of homemade vanilla sugar on hand, since I use loads of vanilla beans in all kinds of sweet and savory preparations, but I just used granulated sugar because I felt the vanilla extract was enough.

Pumpkin White and Dark Chocolate Bark with a KRISPY No-Bake Nutella cookie Base and Salted Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
Alrighty then..I need to fit in a few more photos so I need to find something to talk about.  None of the proceeding topics will have anything to do with this cookie bark.


Did I ever tell you I love cleaning squid? Pulling out the quill, which looks like a piece of plastic, never ceases to amaze me.  Have I mentioned that every few years I get on a Friends kick and DVR every late-night showing of it? I’m glad I just finished the entire series run the past two months since I was running out of DVR space!

Did I ever tell you about the reader who sent me a scathing email implying I worshiped satan because of THESE donuts?

With that being said, yes, my life is kind of boring.  It doesn’t take much to excite me.  Last night the Yankees won Game 1 of the ALDS, and that excites me.  We ate these nutella pumpkin cookie bark bars while watching the game, so technically, these are good luck nutella pumpkin cookie bark bars, unless you’re a Red Sox fan!

NO-Bake KRISPY Nutella Cookies (similar to Little Debbie Star Crunch!) with a few secret ingredients that make them extraordinary!

OH, one very important thing! As mentioned above, the pumpkin white chocolate remains slightly softer than the plain chocolate, so in retrospect, you can call it a slightly gooey chocolate marble pumpkin bark with a no-bake nutella cookie base and salted pepitas! You could delete the pumpkin puree and just add pumpkin spice seasoning to the white chocolate for a more pure and snappy chocolate bark, if you like.

I also ended up pressing more pepitas into the sides of some of the bars when they were cut, just for a little extra salty kick.

Man, I’m all over the place!

Okay, I’m really grasping at straws here, so I’ll just ask you to pop on over to Cravings of a Lunatic.  She’s funny, she’s a great cook, and I have a feeling you just might become addicted to her blog! A good addiction, even if your jeans go up a size..or two.

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, Miss Moss? Hmm, that’s debatable, depending on how hungry you are.

I updated this recipe in 2018 to cut the oats with krispy rice cereal, because it was SO much better than just all oats!

KRISPY No Bake Coco-Oat Nutella Cookies

Krispy No Bake Coco-Oat Nutella Cookies
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Yield: 10 large cookies, more smaller cookies, depending on the size you form them
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick - 4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup flaked/shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened, toasted
  • 1½ cups quick cooking oats or gluten-free oats
  • 1½ cups rice krispies
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sugar and cocoa. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let he mixture boil for 2 minutes..then reduce heat to medium low and stir until sugar is dissolved, about another minute or 2.
  2. Stir in the softened butter, Nutella, salt, orange zest (if using) and vanilla extract. Stir until butter is completely melted, then stir in the toasted coconut, oats, ad rice krispies coating all three completely.
  3. Line a 12 x 17 baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat, then scoop your desired size of cookie onto the sheet..spacing them about 1 inch apart. I made huge ones...about ¼ cup a cookie which gave me 10 cookies, but of course you can make them much smaller for a larger yield.
  4. Let set, then enjoy!

Chocolate Marble Pumpkin Salted Pepita Bark on a Nutella Cookie Base
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Yield: Depends on size pan you use.
  • 12 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped (I used Callebaut for both chocolates)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon *
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger *
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice *
  • 8 ounces good quality dark chocolate (semisweet or buttersweet), chopped
  • A handful of salted pepitas..more or less, the amount depending on your preference.
  • Full No-Bake Nutella Cookie recipe above
  1. For both chocolates, place a medium size glass bowl over a small pot filled with about an inch of water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. You can make two double boilers and do both chocolates at once..checking and stirring each with separate wooden spoons or silicone spatulas. I melted one chocolate at a time...easier and you need to wtach it diligently. You can temper the dark chocolate, which I did, if you like. The pumpkin added to tempered white chocolate might be a waste of temper.
  2. I started with the white chocolate so it would have time to cool a little before adding the pumpkin and spices. Once the white chocolate has cooled down for about 10 minutes - whisk in the pumpkin and spices until smooth and uniform (pumpkin and spice white chocolate is freakin' manna,)
  3. Make the Nutella cookie recipe above, but do not form into cookies. Keep mixture warm in pot.
  4. Now, depending on how thick you like your chocolate can use either use a 13 x 9, 10 x 15, or 11 x7 sheet pan. Line your preferred pan with parchment paper. I used a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan for mine.
  5. Press the above Nutella cookie base into your pan, evenly and into each corner. Pour the pumpkin white chocolate on top of the nutella cookie base. Now spoon dollops of the dark chocolate on top of the pumpkin white chocolate..then marble together lightly with a thick skewer or butter knife. Alternatively, you can alternate the pouring of each chocolate, then marble them together.
  6. Sprinkle the pepitas all over the top. Cover and chill in the fridge for about an hour. When set..Break up bark on sheet pan, or lift out bark from square pan and then break it or cut it up. It will keep well for about 2 weeks in the fridge...1 week at room temperature..but I doubt it will last that long!
* You can substitute 1¼ teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for all three spices.

Pumpkin White and Dark Chocolate Bark with a No-Bake Nutella cookie Base and Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)If you have a moment, please click on the blue frog below to see what my fellow Group A blogger’s chose to make from their blog assignments.  Warning – it will make you verrrrry hungry!

I’m submitting these to Roxana’s, from Roxana’s Home Baking, #chocolateparty theme for October; chocolate and pumpkin!

Pumpkin White and Dark Chocolate Bark with a No-Bake Nutella cookie Base and Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

NO-Bake KRISPY Nutella Cookies (similar to Little Debbie Star Crunch!) with a few secret ingredients that make them extraordinary! #nobakecookies #nobakenutella #nutellacookies #cookies #nutella #krispy

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51 Responses to Chocolate Marble Pepita Pumpkin Bark on a Krispy Nutella Cookie Base

  1. Rosa Mayland says:

    Oh, wonderful! Both the barks and cookies look terrific.



  2. Delishhh says:

    Wow these look amazing. I have to save this recipe!!

  3. Winnie says:

    They both look very tempting.
    But the Chocolate Marble Pumpkin Bark with Nutella Cookies and Salted Pepitas definitely caught my attention big time!!

  4. LOL, I love your rambles here, Lisa! 🙂 Also loooving the no-bake cookies and the bark! We must have been on a pepita wavelength, since we both posted recipes with them today! 🙂

  5. Absolutely love that you used two recipes and adapted them. That made my day. I love the cookies. And yah for crossing bark off your list. You will now want to make it every single day. It’s a serious addiction. And yup, my pics got axed from a google plus incident. I’m lucky enough to still have loads on my pc so I need to go back and fix that post. I’ve already done 6 months of fixing all the ones it stole. So I need to go back another 6 months to do more. Pretty sad when you have to edit a years worth of posts. There’s barely enough time in a day to do current ones. But thanks for the reminder cuz I need to get them done and over with. Love everything you did with the recipes and thanks so much for your kind words. See I got all rambly myself. We ramblers need to stick together. xx

  6. Great choices…I love no bake desserts!!

  7. Lisa~~ says:

    I’d submit to watching a Yankee’s game if…IF, I got to eat some of your bark. Looks wonderful, as usual.

    I know you’ve seen the picture, here’s my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.


  8. Sara says:

    Awesome recipe! Love adding no bake cookies to chocolate bark…inspired! 🙂

  9. Cookies, bark, chocolate, pumpkin, Nutella – I am officially in a dessert overload my friend, everything looks AWESOME!

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Kim’s blog is amazing and I really love this recipe that you made. BTW – I have to thank you for the Ricotta Cheese inspiration. Your recipe index presented me with quite the conundrum – what to make especially when there is so much deliciousness on there. I finally accomplished something on my culinary bucket list.

  11. junglefrog says:

    Hahaha.. leave it up to you to some how get the cleaning of a squid into the cookie baking stuff somehow… Do you remember my first cleaning experience of a squid? God that can still give me nightmares…lol… Back to the topic at hand; love your chocolate goodies and hopping over to cravings of a lunatic… Gotta love that name too!

  12. Both the Bar and the cookies look amazing! I think these are winners!

  13. FoodBabbles says:

    You’ve almost left me speechless with the wonder that is this bark!!! Holy cow! Your creativity is just over the top. The combination of the pumpkin components with dueling chocolates and then the Nutella cookies with all their wonder too??? I’m in heaven. This may very well be the most enticing bark I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’m all over this… I need this in my life. Now. And you live close enough to just whip me up a batch real quick. Pretty pretty please with salted pepitas on top? 😉 Lovely job!

  14. What a combo of flavors! And that color is just gorgeous! (Sweet as Sugar Cookies)

  15. Dan says:

    The bark looks fantastic nothing like I have ever seen or tasted. The photos look great. Since your using Nutella it has to be awesome how creative with your combinations. Raw foodists would love this :).

  16. These look so so so delicious. Are pepitas the same as pumpkin seeds?

  17. Lori says:

    All of it looks mouth watering delicious!

  18. barbarabakes says:

    How great that you made two delicious recipes. I’ve never seen no bake cookies dressed up so much.

  19. sweetiepetitti says:

    those cookies remind me of something we made as kids, we loved them. and I love the look of bark, so interesting, but haven’t made it. The eyeball donut comment is hilarious! I still get SRC emails, but I am out…which is good as my kitchen is out of commission for 2 weeks….

  20. Crumbs of Love says:

    looks great Lis. So would these fall in the low-cal category?? I have been so busy with a volunteering project at school that is under a deadline and my mother in law is visiting as well – too busy to post!

  21. Lisa, Your Chocolate Marble Pumpkin Bark, paired with the Nutella cookies are totally genius, and soooo creative! What a fantastic collaboration of two amazing ladies!
    I’m pinning this to the Pumpkin board, for sure! Absolutely love it, and the fab photos, as well:) xo

  22. Yum! What a combination of recipes. I want them both!

  23. taralconklin says:

    There was a song in the 70’s, 80’s sometime while I was alive that went something like, “Ring my be..e..e.ll, ring my bell” I have no clue who sings it and am too tired and lazy at 12:09 to look it up, but it applies. Chocolate? Pumpkin? Nutella? STOP IT! Seriously?
    Why am I reading this while I should be sleeping, when Im starving and my sweet tooth is kickin the night tunes? I have no frelling idea. Lets find Nigel the British guy and ask him. How will I make it through the night? Torture!

  24. Katerina says:

    Both of them look divine but then again we are talking chocolate here so how can they not be great?

  25. Kim is such a doll. I could spend hours reading her fun posts;)LOVE the cookies and the bark. I’m not much of a bark maker and forget how fun and easy it is to put together. You know, I never met a Nigel either. Come to think of it, never met a Nigella;)xx

  26. teaandscones says:

    Bark is also on my ‘never’ list but thanks to this post that may be soon remedied. Both of these look wonderfully delicious. Love all the changes you made.

  27. Andrea says:

    I just made these yesterday but used chocolate store-bought cookies because I didnt have nutella. Iy was so good, especially the pumpkin white chocolate!

  28. I love both your blog and Kim’s and this bark sounds like a great choice.

  29. Terra says:

    You crack me up! Love cleaning squid….really? Now I need to experience this, LOL! And seriously, the devil just because of delicious doughnuts…..sometimes people are so jaded! Now I need to make bark this year, it sounds so fun to make:-) Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

  30. Hilary says:

    This is such an unusual and yummy looking bark! I’m making this for a Halloween party..will report nack!

  31. George says:

    I gotta say, this is one creative and decadent treat. I found your blog through foodgawker and the cookies, and I really love your writing, so personable and fun.

  32. Dina says:

    Yum! Looks great! I love cleaning squid too…especially when making calamari!!

  33. OMG, I so want to eat it all: bark with cookies and pumpkin. It really looks to die for Lisa. Now on the squid you lost me. The one and only time I bought a whole squid to fix I was utterly repulsed.

  34. LOVE this!!! I think I may have to change SRC groups so I can be with you and Kim 🙂 What a yummy bark…I’d probably have eaten all the nobake cookie batter right out of the pan, though, and not have any left to add to my bark!

  35. jamielifesafeast says:

    omigawd. Wow! I love your changes to those nutella cookies (toasted coconut and orange zest) and am thinking even though I’m not a huge nutella fan, those I could definitely go for. And the bark is amazing! You’ve added everything and the pumpkin makes them very Halloweeny-Autumny which I love. Fab! And now I need to make bark. NEVER have!

  36. Yummm, your bark looks so incredible!
    The flavors combination is so original,
    especially because we basically use pumpkin here only for cooking…
    So I really anxious to try this one! 🙂
    The nutella Cookies also looks really yummy!

  37. Kimberly says:

    Oh my. I think I just fell in love! Both of these treats sounds absolutely delightful … great SRC pick!

  38. Lora says:

    I love that you married two of her wonderful recipes together. Also love your interpretation of the cookies. I’ve never made serious bark like this, only jokey holiday bark. Way impressed. I need to grow up and put my big bark pants on.

  39. Look at that luscious river of pepitas floating down the river of chocolate-swoon! 😀

  40. Heather says:

    These bark bars are phenomenal!! I’ve made two pans of it so far with more requests. Thanx so mucg!

  41. joy says:

    The bark looks great.

  42. Oops, It looks like I forgot to comment here, though I did already read it?!? Yikes, my brain is turning to mush lately! No bake cookies have been a family favorite since I was a Brownie:) I have made them with Nutella before, but that’s as adventurous as I get. You, on the other hand, seem to amp things up quite a bit with great success!

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  44. Sammie says:

    holy moly!! That’s the perfect treat for the fall! Actually no, anything nutella is perfect for any time of the year, really! Pumpkin seeds are the perfect addition! Apparently, they’re pretty nutritious too! haha.. lovely recipe as usual Lis!!

  45. Mmm… Nutella and pumpkin? I would be all over these! I’m shocked that you’d never made bark before. We make at least 4 different kinds every Christmas. So easy!

  46. Jackie says:

    I’ve read through this recipe three times and can’t see where you add the nutella in. Can you please inform…thanks.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Jackie! The nutella is in the no-bake nutella cookie recipe above the chocolate marble pumpkin bark recipe. You either use the nutella cookie recipe, pressed in the pan, as the base for chocolate marble pumpkin bark, or you break a few no-bake nutella cookies into pieces and press them into the chocolate marble pumpkin bark before it sets. The nutella cookies are in the ingredients for the chocolate bark and in number 5 in the directions 🙂 Hope this helps!

      • Jackie says:

        Hi Lisa. The cookie recipe is the recipe where I can’t find where you add the nutella. There is no mention of it in the directions. Thanks, I really want to make these 🙂

      • Lisa says:

        I’m so sorry, Jackie! I just fixed it! You add the Nutella with the butter, vanilla extract, orange zest and salt..then stir in the oats and coconut when it’s all melted! I’m so glad you pointed that out..thank you! Let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

  47. Well, would you just look at these incredible photos! Love the addition of orange zest to the Nutella cookies…It’s a plus that they’re no bake too! And who could resist that exceptional bark!

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