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Pumpkin- Oatmeal Candy Bar Cookies

My little guy got his full-mouth braces on November 1st, so he very responsibly gave his buddies most of his Halloween candy.  He actually listened to his orthodontist, who brainwashed him into thinking that he’ll have a mouthful of cavities if he eats candy while wearing braces.  Ha!  I mean… thank goodness! 🙂  In any case, he saved the good candy for Mom and Dad, which means we have all of our favorites at hand for some time to come.  I parceled out the plain milk chocolate bars to make these:  Pumpkin- Oatmeal Candy Bar Cookies

These are a softer, pumpkin-flavored sort of oatmeal cookie, topped with a chocolate bar to act as immediate frosting.

As soon as these babies come out of the oven, they are topped with with a chocolate bar.

Those chocolate bars will immediately take on the heat of the cookies and begin to melt into wonderful chocolate puddles.

Slide them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  Can I call them healthy since I incorporated some Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour into the recipe?  I think so.

The chocolate forms a frosting-like layer on top of the cookie, especially while they’re warm.  Picture yourself eating a warm cookie with a melted mass of chocolate on top.  That’s a very pretty picture, isn’t it?  Once cooled, you’ve got a built-in chocolate bar on top of your cookie, creating the advantage of eating a cookie and a chocolate bar all in one dessert.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Pumpkin- Oatmeal Candy Bar Cookies


3/4 cup Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Gold Medal® Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
30 small chocolate bars (or larger bars broken into pieces)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda and spice.

3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugar. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg and vanilla. Mix in the pumpkin puree. Add the flour mixture and mix until it is incorporated. Set aside the mixer and stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

4. Use a cookie scoop (or drop by heaping tablespoonfuls) to scoop onto the prepared baking sheets. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart (12 on a sheet should work perfectly). Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are set and golden brown. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and immediately place a candy bar on top of each cookie. Let them cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies are especially good warm... with all of that melted chocolate swimming around on top, but if you need to store them, let the chocolate set on the cookies before storing in a covered container.


*Fun twist: Make them Pumpkin- Oatmeal S'Mores Cookies by adding a few marshmallows after the chocolate has had a chance to melt (or a sprinkle of some of those super miniature marshmallows that they sell these days).


Disclosure:  I’m working with Gold Medal Flour to create seasonal recipes for the next few months.  This is one of those goodies.  All opinions shared are my own.

36 Responses to “Pumpkin- Oatmeal Candy Bar Cookies”

  1. postedNov 7, 2012 3:35 AM

    Oh my gosh Lori, I love that you just stuck a candy bar on top of these. Such a little thing that I imagine has a huge taste impact! Gorgeous!

  2. postedNov 7, 2012 4:36 AM

    Candy bar frosting? I so want a mouthful of that! These cookies sound absolutely delicious and they look incredible too:-)

  3. postedNov 7, 2012 5:35 AM

    I love the idea of “instant frosting” I bet the chocolate goes perfectly with these cookies!

  4. postedNov 7, 2012 5:57 AM

    genius idea with the chocolate bars as frosting – and they look so cute!

  5. postedNov 7, 2012 6:03 AM

    Oh, these cookies look so rich and irresistible! I love the pumpkin + chocolate combo!

  6. postedNov 7, 2012 6:16 AM

    Whoa! I love the chocolate bar “frosting” idea – brilliant! 🙂

  7. postedNov 7, 2012 7:13 AM

    WOW! Lori – these look spectacular! I remember the braces days 🙂

  8. postedNov 7, 2012 9:23 AM
    Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Awww your lil guy is so generous that he’s willing to share his candies. That’s very sweet of him and this cookies look so ah-ma-zing! Pumpkin and chocolate always go well! Love it!

  9. postedNov 7, 2012 9:45 AM

    I love oatmeal cookies and love that you paired them with pumpkin – and candy bars 🙂

  10. postedNov 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    I know I don’t read every blog everywhere, but I am baffled that it’s nearly 20123 and this post is the first time I’ve seen that done!

  11. postedNov 7, 2012 11:34 AM

    I can’t possibly explain how badly I want these right now. OMG!

  12. postedNov 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    Ohh my I think I need to wipe the drool off my keyboard after seeing these, they look so amazing!! Only problem is, I definitely don’t think I could eat just one 😉

  13. postedNov 7, 2012 2:51 PM

    I must make these!

  14. postedNov 7, 2012 4:44 PM

    Oh my – I almost licked the screen! Yum!

  15. postedNov 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    Oh, just look at all that melting chocolaty goodness!

  16. postedNov 7, 2012 5:07 PM

    I’m praying the snow keeps falling and I’m off work tomorrow… these MUST be made!!!

  17. postedNov 7, 2012 5:13 PM

    This is a great combo. Love that you added pumpkin.

  18. postedNov 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    This is so genius. I love that melted chocolate bar on top! So droolworthy!

  19. postedNov 7, 2012 8:51 PM

    Poor little dude for dealing with all the braces! 10 years of orthodontia for me was more than enough, and I went Cray-Cray when they came off! And hopefully he won’t have to keep them too long and can get back to his candy devouring in style! These cookies – legit style. I’ll take 43 please!

  20. postedNov 8, 2012 4:27 AM

    That melted chocolate looks too good for words! What a fab cookie.

  21. postedNov 8, 2012 4:53 AM

    Wow. I’m stunned speechless with this one-looks SO amazing!!!

  22. postedNov 8, 2012 6:28 AM

    they look amazing with the melted chocolate

  23. postedNov 8, 2012 6:42 AM

    I love the chocolate on top! I’m going to make these cookies tonight and surprise my Husband with them! He’ll love them!! Thank you!

  24. postedNov 8, 2012 9:22 AM

    OK – yum. How can you not want a piece of melting chocolate on a decadent buttery cookie?!

  25. postedNov 8, 2012 9:32 AM

    Lori these look seriously amazing — that chocolate on top sold me!!

  26. postedNov 8, 2012 10:26 AM

    Can’t imagine what this would be like warm out of the oven – all that gooey melty chocolate Yum!

  27. postedNov 8, 2012 11:49 AM

    gorgeous! what a great idea!

  28. postedNov 8, 2012 2:51 PM

    Looks like a perfect way to indulge in Halloween candy.

  29. postedNov 8, 2012 8:39 PM

    Love the built in frosting! BTW, I was nearly 40 years old when my ortho brainwashed me into “no candy while wearing braces”! 😉

  30. postedNov 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    Yum! Those look beautiful and so much fun!

  31. postedNov 9, 2012 5:00 PM

    Oh yes, do those ever look good! It sounds like the ortho laid down the law. Don’t you love it when they say the things you’ve been telling your kids all along?

  32. postedNov 11, 2012 5:01 PM

    Loving the ooey gooey melted candy bar on top, wow Lori, these are killing me right now lol. I want one!

  33. postedNov 12, 2012 7:26 PM

    Do you think it would be alright to replaced the chocolate chips with raisins? I’m loving the sound of pumpkin-oatmeal raisin cookies.

    • postedNov 12, 2012 7:36 PM

      I’m afraid I can’t answer that… because I don’t do raisins in cookies! 🙂 Yes, I think it would be okay.

  34. postedNov 14, 2012 7:16 PM

    love them! what kind of choc bars did u use?

    • postedNov 14, 2012 7:27 PM

      Little Hershey bars.

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