Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (GF, Vegan)

I don’t know about you, but the second the fall weather hits I am in the mood to BAKE. These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies definitely hit the spot! They combine the texture and taste of your favorite peanut butter cookie with a hint of pumpkin spice for seasonal flare. They are delightful alongside a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and perfect for cozying up by a warm fire this fall.

peanut butter pumpkin fall cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a year-round staple, but adding some pumpkin and fall spices make these the perfect seasonal treat! They are subtly sweet, soft, chewy, full of pumpkiny flavor and finish with a burst of fall spice. The texture is also to die for and you would never know they are gluten free and vegan.

gluten free vegan peanut butter pumpkin cookies

What you need to make these gluten free vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies

A few simple ingredients are all you need to make these delicious gluten free vegan peanut butter cookies, and chances are you already have them in your pantry! With so few ingredients, these cookies are incredibly easy to make. I like to make a big batch and store the dough in the freezer for easy thaw and bake cookies!

  • Unsweetened Natural Peanut Butter: I like to use crunchy peanut butter for this recipe as it adds a little texture, but creamy peanut butter would work great as well! Make sure your peanut butter is unsweetened with zero additives. The only ingredient on the list should be peanuts (and maybe salt).
  • Vegan Butter: Opt for sticks over spreadable for this recipe.
  • Grade A Maple Syrup
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Gluten Free Oat Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Pumpkin Spice: If you don’t have pumpkin spice on hand, make your own by combining 1 TBSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp all spice and 1/4 tsp cloves.
  • Salt
vegan gluten free peanut butter pumpkin cookies

Along with making the dough ahead of time, you can also bake them in advance. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months!

chewy gluten free vegan peanut butter pumpkin cookies

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (GF, Vegan)

A delicious, gluten free, vegan fall cookie made with peanut butter and pumpkin spice.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: fall baking, fall cookies, gluten free vegan baking, gluten free vegan cookies, peanut butter cookies, pumpkin cookies, vegan baking, vegan peanut butter cookies, vegan pumpkin cookies
Servings: 30
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 C peanut butter natural, unsweetened
  • 1/2 C vegan butter, softened
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 2/3 C coconut sugar, plus more for topping can substitute brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 3/4 C gluten free oat flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Add peanut butter, vegan butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla and pumpkin puree to a bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on high for 1-2 minutes until well combined and fluffy.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Roll into 1.5 TBSP sized balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use a fork dipped in water (to prevent sticking) to flatten the balls in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle with coconut sugar.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden on the bottom.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to parchment paper.
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chewy chocolate chip pumpkin bars

Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars + Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall is here and these Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting are the PERFECT plant-based, gluten-free treat to celebrate halloween and have some festive fall fun in the kitchen! You no longer need to face the burden of choosing between Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Bars – this recipe combines the two for an absolutely perfect match made in heaven. With this combo you have the fudgey, chewy, chocolatey goodness of a classic chocolate chip cookie blended with the spiced deliciousness of pumpkin bars for a delightful halloween treat. We all know no pumpkin bar would be complete without a creamy, sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting, and these bars have just that. Better yet, they’re naturally sweetened, 100% vegan and gluten free!

What makes these Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars vegan?

To make this recipe totally plant-based, a few simple vegan substitutes are used. Along with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips, I used my favorite dairy-free cream cheese from Treeline. This creamy cashew-based spread is a healthier alternative to traditional cream cheese. It has a mild, tangy flavor and a smooth and silky texture, which is perfect for making vegan cream cheese frosting.

chocolate chip pumpkin cookie bars

How to make the best Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Start by lining a large 12” x 18” metal baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spraying with oil. You could also use a slightly smaller metal baking sheet for thicker bars. Set your pan aside. To begin making the dough, add your wet ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine. Beat for 1-2 minutes until silky smooth. Once your dry ingredients are added, mix on low speed until combined, being sure not to over-mix. Then, gently fold in chocolate chips.

chocolate chip pumpkin cookie bars

Spread into your lined baking sheet and press into an even layer. After spreading, I like to perfect them by flattening with lightly oiled hands or the flat side of a metal spatula. Then, sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired and slide into your preheated 350 degree oven. Be prepared for your house to smell amazing. For the perfect texture you want to be sure to not over-bake these bars, you want them fudgey! 18-20 minutes should be perfect and you’ll know when they’re done if a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

vegan cream cheese frosting

The texture and taste of this Treeline cream cheese frosting is to die for so you’ll definitely be licking the spatula! But, make sure to let the bars cool completely before topping with your freshly whipped-up frosting. Practice your very best self control (or don’t) and spread your chilled bars with an even layer of frosting. Place back into the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours before slicing.

How to Serve These Bars

These bars taste their very best when they’re served cold and actually taste even better after a couple days in the fridge. Because of this, feel free to make ahead of time and pull them out right before your halloween party starts. Enjoy!

chewy chocolate chip pumpkin bars

If you like this cream cheese frosting, be sure to check out my other favorite vegan products from Treeline:

chewy chocolate chip pumpkin bars

Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars + Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

These chewy chocolate chip pumpkin cookie bars are the perfect gluten free and vegan halloween treat. Fudgey, pumpkiny, full of dark chocolate chips, and layered with a silky vegan cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: pumpkin bars, pumpkin cookie bars
Servings: 36 bars
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Equipment

  • 18" x 12" rimmed metal baking sheet
  • electric mixer
  • rubber spatula
  • aluminum foil
  • metal spatula
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 C vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 C cashew butter or almond butter
  • 1 C coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 C pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/3 C pitted medjool dates, boiled for 5 minutes until soft or date paste or molasses
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 3 C gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 C vegan dark chocolate chips

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 oz Treeline vegan cream cheese
  • 4 oz vegan butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 C powdered sugar adjust for desired sweetness

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 12” x 18” baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with a neutral oil.
  • Add coconut oil, vegan butter, nut butter, sugar, pumpkin, dates, and vanilla to amixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on high speed until well combined. 1-2minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Add in remaining dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  • Gently fold in chocolate chips using the mixer on low speed or with a rubber spatula.
  • Pour dough onto baking sheet and use the spatula or lightly oiled hands to flatten into an even layer.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes. For doughy fudgey bars, do not over bake! Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • While bars are baking and cooling, prepare your frosting. Add vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to beat on high speed until well combined. Add in powdered sugar 1 C at a time until desired sweetness is achieved.
  • Once bars are completely cooled, use a rubber spatula to spread frosting in an even layer. Place back in fridge and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Keep these bars in the fridge for up to a week and serve cold. These bars are actually BEST after 48 hours in the fridge.
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