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Pumpkin bars topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
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5 from 4 votes

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Creamy pumpkin filling on a shortbread crust made with oats and pecans.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 Bars
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Kathy

Ingredients

Crust

  • ¾ cup butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 ⅓ cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats or rolled oats
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin puree 15 ounces
  • ½ cup half and half or cream
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a food processor, place butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt.
    ¾ cup butter, 1 ⅓ cups flour, 1 cup old fashioned oats, ¾ cup brown sugar, ½ cup pecans, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Puree until well mixed and mixture has coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping.
  • Place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Press crust down firmly with your hands or the bottom of a flat measuring cup.
  • Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 15 minutes

Filling

  • Mix cream cheese well with a mixer until smooth and creamy
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Add sugar and eggs. Mix well.
    ⅔ cups granulated sugar, 3 eggs
  • Mix in pumpkin, cream and the remaining spices and salt
    1 can pumpkin puree, ½ cup half and half, 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pour pumpkin mixture into baked crust. The crust should still be hot from the oven.
  • Sprinkle reserved crust over the top of the filling
  • Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes
  • Allow bars to fully cool before slicing. Slice into 30 bars or larger if you prefer.

Notes

  • Make certain cream cheese is at room temperature. If it's cold, it will not mix into the other ingredients and you'll have small lumps of cream cheese throughout.
  • No need to cool crust before adding filling. Just pour the filling on while the crust is still hot.
  • Allow bars to fully cool before slicing
  • Store covered in refrigerator
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkling of powdered sugar

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2488IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg