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Pumpkin Pie Bars

November 12, 2017

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Pumpkin Pie Bars: Pumpkin pie without the hassle of pie crust!
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November is the month of pies! The hardest part about any pie (other than saving some for others) is the crust. I’ve put together some tips for making pie crusts, but sometimes the easiest crust is the one you don’t make! This pumpkin pie bars recipe is a delicious way of satisfying that pumpkin pie craving without the hassle of making a traditional pie crust.

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The crust on these pumpkin pie bars is a combination of ginger cookies, pecans, and melted butter. Just mix some crushed cookies and nuts with the melted butter and viola! Delicious crust made. This crust has a gingery-ness that I adore, but if you don’t like ginger as much as I do, using graham crackers instead of ginger cookies is also delicious. If pecans are not your thing, substitute another 1/2 cup crushed cookies/graham crackers.

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The secret sauce in these pumpkin pie bars is simmering the pumpkin mixture. Simmering concentrates the pumpkin flavors and enhances the spices. I find that its worth the little bit of extra effort. One thing to note — when you pour the filling on the crust, you’ll need to pour very slowly so as not to break the crust.

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I like a lot of spice, so this recipe has generous amounts of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. If you walk on the milder side, I suggest halving all of the spices. If you are missing some of the spices, its totally fine to use a pumpkin pie spice (I won’t tell :-)).


Pumpkin Pie Bars

Delicious pumpkin pie without the hassle of pie crust!
Course Dessert
Servings 12 -18
Author 2teaspoons

Ingredients

Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ginger cookies or graham crackers. This was about 3 cups uncrushed for me.
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or 1/2 cup additional cookies or crackers
  • 6 tablespoons butter
Filling
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree 15 ounce can or prepared fresh*
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon**
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg**
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger**
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice**
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove**
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Toppings
  • whipped cream
  • chopped pecans
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pulse cookies and pecans in blender or food processor until they are crumbs. Melt butter (I did this by microwaving for 30 seconds) and mix together crumbs and butter. Press mixture into bottom of a 9"x13" baking pan and bake for about 10 minutes.

  3. While crust is baking, whisk together milk, eggs, cornstarch, and vanilla in medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Combine pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, spices, and salt in a large sauce pan. Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick and shiny, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream mixture until combined.
  5. Slowly pour filling over warm crust, being careful not the disrupt the crust.
  6. Bake until center is no longer jiggly, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely on wire rack. Cover and cool in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Slice, top with whipped cream, pecans, and spices. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Do not use pumpkin pie mix
**All spices can be replaced with 1 1/2 tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice


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  1. Avatar for Sheila

    Sheila

    This is wonderful. The crust has always been a challenge to me so a no-crust pie is something that has always interest me. Would love to make this. In fact, I’m going to grab some ingredients tomorrow to try this.


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      Karen

      Hi Sheila! The crust is definitely the trickiest part for me too. I’m delighted you’re going to give these a try – enjoy! 🙂


  2. Avatar for Celina (a.k.a. CC)

    Celina (a.k.a. CC)

    This looks like a great one! I tried to leave a comment on your pumpkin puree recipe, but some error keeps popping up so I’ll leave it here:

    Thanks for the great how-to! 5 stars! ★★★★★ I’ve actually used it in years past but only just decided to leave a comment. I like to scoop the puree into tablespoons on a baking sheet, then stick them in the freezer awhile. After they harden I put them in a resealable baggie and boom: easy-to-handle pumpkin balls! I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! 🙂


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      Karen

      Hi Celina! Thanks for the heads up on the comment box and your lovely comment 🙂 I’m so glad the pumpkin puree recipe has served you well over the years!


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