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Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Aww, our last pumpkin recipe of the season.

Simplify your Thanksgiving by making pumpkin pie bars – there will be more to go around for your guests and it costs less than serving multiple pumpkin pies!

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This easy take on pumpkin pie incorporates oats and pecans. And just because it isn’t pie doesn’t mean you can’t still add whipped topping :-)

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Guys, look at the crunchy, not too crumbly oat pecan bottom… yum.

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Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Yield: One 9x13 inch pan
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 & 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 & 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • One 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz) (not pumpkin pie flavored)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and grease slightly.
  3. Mix the flour, brown sugar and 1/4 cup regular sugar in a bowl.
  4. Cut in butter with pastry blender or fingers until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Stir in the oats and pecans. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture. Press the remaining into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Beat the cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in the bowl of a mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  7. Pour this over the baked crust and sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool slightly. Lift the bars from the pan using the foil/parchment paper. Cool completely and cut into bars.


Recipe adapted from Somewhat Simple.

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I’ve really enjoyed all the pumpkin goodness we’ve been whipping up, but I’m ready for hot chocolate, peppermint, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate :-) – What’s your favorite holiday treat?

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  1. Beth these look absolutely delicious! I am still in the pumpkin mood but can’t wait for peppermint!!!

  2. Yum! These look delicious. I love the idea of cutting bars instead of pie slices. I totally butcher pies :(

  3. These look great! I make something I call pumpkin pie cake and I expected these to be somewhat similar, but they really aren’t. Pumpkin is so amazing and versatile!

  4. I see you’ve linked up this great looking recipe at the Flamingo Toes link party. I’d love for you to come share it on my new link party – Required Ingredient Recipe Link Party – that just went live. Every Sunday I feature a different ingredient and this week it is pumpkin.

    I hope you’ll stop by and share!

  5. I want to make these today! Can’t wait for thanksgiving;) xo

  6. Oh… love this. The crunchy crust with oats and pecans sounds awesome! Great recipe Beth.

  7. These look fantastic:)

  8. These look amazing! Now to work on getting my hubby to like pumpkin! :)

  9. Wonderful! I want one now!! I am doing a Thanksgiving Round-Up Series next week on my blog and I would love to share this recipe. Please email me if you are happy for me to include this recipe (and any other Thanksgiving delights you may have to share!) Ruth x

  10. Beth, these bars look like a great alternative to traditional pumpkin pie!

  11. Oh Yum!! Those look so delicious….and that crumb bottom is perfect Beth! :)

  12. These are seriously so so good! I am not too much a fan of pumpkin, but my church requested a pumpkin dessert be brought to our holiday social. I chose to try these, and I LOVED them! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

  13. Beth, these look absolutely decadent! I’m always in the mood for pumpkin anything. Thank you for sharing with all of us at the Show Stopper Saturday party! (=

  14. These look delish!!! I’m going to have to make some! Yum

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  18. These look delicious! Thank you for sharing it at our Mommy Club Resources party last week, I’m featuring it tonight!

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  20. So glad you enjoyed this recipe!!! :) Isn’t it such a great alternative to pumpkin pie?

  21. I’m reorganizing my Pinterest boards…deleting an old board with tons of recipes that I pinned their from when I was running a link party. I’m finding that almost none of the recipes are ones that I would actually want to try. This one is an exception and is getting moved to my new Recipe Box – Desserts board. Thanks for sharing!

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