Monday, November 1, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Bars

These bars are great, but you have to like pumpkin.  It is more of a soft bar than hard bar since the pumpkin is mixed with cream cheese.  I have no idea where I got this recipe from but years ago I had gotten butterscotch chips and wanted to make a dessert with it and this is the dessert I ended up with.  At the time I was not a fan of pumpkin but everyone else seemed to enjoy the recipe.  Now I have seemed to grow into liking pumpkin and think this recipe is great.  I do believe the bars are better the day after once they have completely cooled.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Yields: 24 bars | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Total Bake Time: 50 minutes

1 and1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter
1 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons bourbon
½ cup butterscotch chips for sprinkling on top

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.

Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and butterscotch chips. 

Bake for 25-35 minutes: cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

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11 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Bars”

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    Maddie — November 1, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    These look incredible! And somehow, having a pumpkin bar is so much less guilt-inducing than having a slice of pie. (What can I say? I’m good at rationalization. 🙂 )

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — November 1, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    Sure we like pumpkin! Who wouldn’t?
    The bars look wonderful. What a treat.

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    E — November 1, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    This look absolutely amazing!!!

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    Privet and Holly — November 1, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    I think a dinner of Chicken Picatta
    followed by a dessert of these
    bars might just cure whatever
    ails you!! Thank you for sharing
    these delicious-sounding recipes!
    xx Suzanne

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    Design Elements — November 1, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    devine! pumpkin pie with vanilla extract!

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    Lael Hazan — November 2, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    What a great idea! I know what I’m making with the kids for a Thanksgiving treat. I’m sure they will go over well.

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    Stitchfork — November 2, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Pumpkin always tastes better this time of the year — especially since you added bourbon, cream cheese and vanilla to yours! Cathy

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    Damaris @Kitchen Corners — November 2, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    and here I was thinking, convincing myself that I was all sugured out. Nope!

    This look great.

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — November 2, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    Umm, these look A-MAZE-ing!!! Bookmarked! Great blog!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — November 6, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    These look fantastic! I love everything pumpkin flavored and these look like a wonderful way to enjoy pumpkin pie flavors in a different and exciting form. Thanks, also, for the sweet comment on my blog :). Have a great night!

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