2 pumpkin pie bars stacked on top of each other on white plate with dollop of whipped cream on top

Easy pumpkin pie bars are made with a classic pumpkin pie filling and a 2 ingredient cake mix crust. Made in a 9×13 inch pan, these pumpkin pie bars with cake mix are quick to make with only 8 ingredients!

My taste testers (hey ladies!!) loved this recipe. But I’m starting to think they just like anything I bring – which is great, haha, or maybe they are just hungry! My one friend in particular, Hannah, is my favorite person to try recipes out on because her reactions are the best.

When Ryan tries something I’ve made, his response is “it’s good.” So I usually have to ask him like 10 different questions to pull more information out of him.

When Hannah tries something, her response is usually “Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING!” And she’ll mention it several times. Love you Hannah!

Moral of the story, the verdict is in, and whether you’re more of a “it’s good” person or a “this is amazing” person, this recipe is a favorite!

 
pumpkin pie bar on metal plate with dollop of whipped cream on top

This recipe is a cross between pumpkin pie bars and pumpkin cake. The crust is made from a box of yellow cake mix with melted butter to form more of a cookie/cake bottom. The filling is just like pumpkin pie filling.

And when you bake it in a 9×13 inch pan, you get delicious pumpkin pie bars with that classic pumpkin pie filling and hints of yellow cake mix in the crust.

To keep these bars looking just like pumpkin pie, I topped each slice with a dollop of cool whip.

Pumpkin Bar Ingredients

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • melted butter
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • pumpkin pie spice
pumpkin pie bars cut into squares on metal cooling rack with dollop of whipped cream on top

How To Make Pumpkin Pie Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the yellow cake mix and melted butter until a thick ball of dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the 9×13 inch pan.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the can of pumpkin, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, salt, and pumpkin pie spice and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until the mixture is combined and smooth. Pour the filling on top of the crust.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool before cutting.

Total Time Required

  • 10 minutes to prep the batter
  • 35-45 minutes to bake
  • allow the bars to cool before cutting

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars

Use a box of gluten free yellow cake mix to make this recipe gluten free!

2 pumpkin pie bars stacked on top of each other on white plate with dollop of whipped cream on top

Do Pumpkin Bars Need To Be Refrigerated?

Yes. Similar to pumpkin pie, the bars can sit out after baking to cool. If you’re serving the bars the same day you baked them, they can sit out until serving. Store leftovers in the fridge.

If you’re making the bars in advance, be sure to refrigerate them until serving. If you prefer them room temperature before serving, remove them at least 30 minutes in advance.

Cut Them Into Big or Small Bars

I love that you can cut these bars into whatever size you want, making them more bite sized or cutting them into ginormous slices like I did.

Now I know there are some people who are very loyal to their traditions, and having pumpkin pie on thanksgiving is a big tradition, but if you’re brave enough to mix it up, or even to serve these easy pumpkin pie bars along side of a classic pumpkin pie – I bet you most people will want to try BOTH!

For a step-by-step of how to make this easy pumpkin pie bar recipe, watch this short video:

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Easy pumpkin pie bars with a classic pumpkin pie filling and a 2 ingredient cake mix crust. Made in a 9x13 inch pan, these pumpkin pie bars are amazing!

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Yield: 9x13 inch pan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Easy pumpkin pie bars are made with a  classic pumpkin pie filling and a 2 ingredient cake mix crust. Made in a 9x13 inch pan, these pumpkin pie bars with cake mix are quick to make with only 8 ingredients!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix, 15.25 oz
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 1 can pure pumpkin, 15 oz (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14oz
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the yellow cake mix and melted butter until a thick ball of dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the 9x13 inch pan.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the can of pumpkin, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, salt, and pumpkin pie spice and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until the mixture is combined and smooth. Pour the filling on top of the crust.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool before cutting.