Pumpkin Magic Bars

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Pumpkin magic bars are a fall twist on the classic recipe. Using pumpkin, spices and of course chocolate chips, this dessert is so tasty!

Pumpkin magic bars stacked

Pumpkin magic bars are about to become your new favorite way to eat pumpkin along with these pumpkin cheesecake bars. Gooey bars filled with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and pumpkin! 

These pumpkin layer bars are very easy to make. Sometimes they can be called (Seven layer bars) but there are not quite seven layers in this recipe.

What is a magic bar?

These dessert bars go by a few different names, magic bar, seven layer bar or even magic cookie bars. They are made by layering different ingredients on top of each other and then baked. 

Once baked, the sweetened condensed milk fills up all the holes and kind of binds the ingredients together to become one delicious dessert bar. 

Ingredients needed

Cake mix – For this recipe I am using a butter pecan cake mix for the crust. If you can’t find that flavor, substitute with spice or yellow cake mix.

Butter – Used to help make the crust. 

Chocolate chips, Butterscotch chips, Coconut Flakes – Classic layers used in the original seven layer bars. 

Sweetened condensed milk – This is used to bind the ingredients together. 

Pumpkin puree and Pumpkin pie spice – This adds a little fall magic into the bars. Make sure to use puree not pie filling. Feel free to use premade pie spice or this easy homemade pumpkin pie spice

How to make pumpkin magic bars

  • This recipe starts with butter pecan cake mix and butter. Make sure the butter is softened before you start to crumble it together with the cake mix.
  • Press the cake mix and butter crumble into the bottom of a foil lined brownie pan to form a crust. Make sure to spray with non-stick spray before you make the crust. 

Crust in pan

  • Next sprinkle on chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and sweetened coconut flakes.

Chocolate and butterscotch chips with coconut

  • In a bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. Pour over top the chips and coconut. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. 

Chocolate chips, coconut with batter on top

Be sure to let the bars cool before lifting the foil out of the pan. Cut into squares and serve. 

Pumpkin layer bars cut in squares

How to store

These bars can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days. 

I love this version of magic bars, the pumpkin and pumpkin spice add great fall flavor. Let me know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to rate the recipe. Happy fall y’all!

Enjoy! ~Heather

More delicious fall desserts

Made these magic bars? Don’t forget to leave a comment and star rating below. 

Stacked dessert bars on a table.
5 from 16 votes

Pumpkin Magic Bars

By Heather
Pumpkin magic bars
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 brownie pan with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Mix together cake mix and butter. Mixture will be crumbly. Pour mixture into pan and press down to form a crust.
  • Top with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut.
  • In a bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree and spice. Pour over chips. 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove and let cool. 


  • Don't like or can't find butter pecan cake mix? Use yellow or spice cake mix instead. 


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 24mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I found this recipe early in October when hunting for Thanksgiving treats to bring to my in-laws. I made a trial batch the week before T-Day for my family.. they could not get enough. My in-laws loved them as well. As soon as our batch was gone, my sister came home with ingredients to make more + she asked for them on her birthday instead of cake! I didn’t have pumpkin pie spice the first time and used apple pie spice, which still gave it that nice fall warmth. I also saved the rest of the can of pumpkin and froze it to use for another batch. Once you thaw it, it will make the sweetened condensed milk mixture a bit runnier, BUT the batch still turned out just fine. I also found with our oven, it needs to cook about 32 minutes. Thanks so much for a hit!

  2. 5 stars
    These bars are totally magical – my kids devoured them in no time! Love this recipe, it is going to be in constant rotation until Halloween!