White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting

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It’s Fall Foods Galore this week for #SundaySupper, so you know what that means – apples, pumpkins pears, squash, and all sorts of comfort food as the air starts to get a little crisp. If you are heading to an autumn party and need a fabulous dessert, the simple buttery vanilla cookie with the rich frosting with just a hint of pumpkin flavor and warm spices ill delight the whole crowd. It doesn’t get easier to make up a big batch of White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting.

White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting

White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting are an easy dessert full of fall flavors! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

So, my friends, one thing I want to work on is my writing. And some days I have a funny story to tell, or I want to whine about something, or I feel some sort of inspiration or emotion and want to pass that along. But other days I just want to give you lots and lots of (what I think are) pretty pictures…

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This, my friends, is one of those days…

White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting are an easy dessert full of fall flavors! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

I edited and edited, and I got down to nine photos, and I just don’t want to decide between them.

Maybe that’s because I have too many major life decisions to make in the coming weeks and months. You know, like things involving what house do I want to buy, what preschool am I going to send The Bug to, am I going to send King Stuff to daycare part time and, you know, get really serious about this whole blogging career. For someone who hates making decisions, that’s about using up all of my decision making capacity. Really, how do you expect be to be able to decide between all of these…

White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting are an easy dessert full of fall flavors! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

I mean, White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting, what’s not to love? Sugar Cookie Bars are one of my favorite simple and fast ways to make a big batch of cookies without the tie and effort to scoop and shape or roll and cut. You can mix in different flavoring or chips or chunks or nuts to flavor them how you like, or keep the simple and add a big punch of flavor with a homemade frosting. That’s what I did here. And let me tell you, this frosting, ohhhh, this frosting.

Buttery, nutty, just enough pumpkin to taste pumpkin but you’re not like, “Ugh, more pumpkin!” and just a hint of warm spices like cinnamon and ginger. I could eat it with a spoon. Perfect against the simple flavor of the sugar cookie bars there are studded with just a few white chocolate chips for those little creamy, vanilla-y bursts.

White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting are an easy dessert full of fall flavors! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

And don’t let homemade frosting or browning butter intimidate you. Just watch the butter so it doesn’t burn. In fact, I’d err on the side of getting it just barely brown, because it’ll brown more as it sits in the warm pan and cools down. Take this from someone who left her nicely browned butter in a warm pan and then put her baby up for a nap. Sp mix up the cookies – it take no time – and while they bake, brown the butter. Then as the cookies are cooling, you can whip up the frosting. Homemade frosting is seriously day and seriously tastier than the canned stuff. Easy peasy and this makes a TON, so you can give cookies to everyone in the neighborhood. Or all of your husband’s new coworkers.

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White Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • sticks unsalted butter divided, ½ stick at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 1/2-4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

For the cookies:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease or line a 13x18 inch baking pan with parchment paper (I use the parchment to make them easier to remove).
  • Sift or whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the butter and sugars in a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and cream with stand mixed or hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla and mix well.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips.
  • Spread the dough on the prepared pan (I spray a spatula and sometimes my hand with cooking spray to do this).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean (it won't look done, so use the toothpick test).
  • Cool completely, then frost and decorate as desired.
  • Cut into small squares.

For the frosting:

  • Slowly melt one stick of the butter in a pan over medium-low heat, then cook slowly until butter is golden brown and smells nutty. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Place remaining softened ½ stick of butter and light brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until creamy.
  • Slowly beat in the browned butter, then add the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, beating until combined.
  • Gradually add 3 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar and beat until thick and fluffy, adding additional powdered sugar if needed to achieve the desired consistency.

Notes

Sugar Cookie Bars adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Frosting adapted from Picky Palate

 

Enjoy!

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21 Comments
  1. Ugh, major life decisions. Can’t we just build pillow forts and color all day while we pretend we aren’t adults anymore? And of course we can eat all of these cookie bars in our fort 😉

  2. I feel your pain. We bought our first home this summer, and getting it where I want it with a full time job, part time events business, my blog, and a husband in law school, I tend to just like blank out on the big decisions. I’d rather make your cookie bars, instead!

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