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Fudgy Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Bars from The Food Charlatan

Fudgy Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Bars

These Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Bars are a gooey, decadent treat! The bars are fudgy and brownie-like, and in the center is a thick layer of soft caramel that melts in your mouth. They are easy to put together and a huge crowd-pleaser!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 340kcal
Author Karen


  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 & 1/4 cups brown sugar firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin canned, NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons vanilla *
  • 2 & 1/4 cups flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 11-0z package caramels
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper, or grease the pan. (You can do foil too. Grease the foil).
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, melt the butter.
  • Add the brown sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla, and beat well.
  • Add the flour to the bowl but don't mix. Spoon the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into the flour and gently stir into the flour.
  • Beat well, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Pour about half of the batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth it on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake at 350 for about 19-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and it is set in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven but don't turn it off.
  • Meanwhile, melt the caramels and milk in a medium microwave safe bowl. Start with 45 seconds, then stir well. Continue to heat in 30-45 second intervals, stirring well each time. When the caramels are almost smooth, stop microwaving and stir until smooth.
  • Pour the caramel over the hot baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of the edges.
  • Drop reserved batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. Cut through batter with knife several times for a marble effect.
  • Bake a second time for 25-30 minutes or until center is set. A toothpick test won't work because the caramel layer is too gooey and will just confuse you (at least I was confused at first...). If the center of the pan doesn't wiggle when you shake it, it's done.


*Yes, tablespoons! Viva la vanilla!


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 742IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg