Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

September 7, 2013

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You might be looking at this post thinking I’m getting way ahead of myself. Maybe I am, but I blame those candle stores at the mall. You walk past their store and smell the scent of spiced pumpkin pie, but seriously people where’s is the pumpkin pie?

I want the real thing. Those candles may smell good but definitely not as good as the real thing. Or maybe it’s just knowing that when you are smelling the real thing there’s actually something you’ll get to eat and enjoy not just smell. I have a love hate relationships with those candles, they just make me want the food all day.

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Really I’d be happy to post a pumpkin recipe any day of the year. I don’t understand the people that say they are getting excited for pumpkin recipes but aren’t ready for it quite yet. I’m ready for it any day of the year.

I like seasonal baking but really, baking outside of the season once in a while is fun too. It seemingly transports you to an alternate season for a moment. And it often reminds us of good times.

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Obviously when I think pumpkin pie, I’m thinking Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is definitely good times. Besides why restrict yourself from something so delicious just because it’s not October.

So, if you want to bake these on Valentines Day I definitely wouldn’t judge :). Once you try these you’ll want them once a month year round.

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These bars are a bit more cookie than pumpkin pie filling (these are three layers, oatmeal cookie crumb layer followed by the pumpkin pie layer then it’s finished with more crumb) so if you’d prefer an equal amount you could probably make half the amount of crumb mixture and simply only do one bottom layer.

But is there such thing as too much cookie :)? These are tall, thick bars, that in my opinion are best slightly chilled – or you could eat them warm out of the oven with ice cream, like a crumble.

However your serve them, I’d definitely recommend trying them in the near future. (Photos updated Sept. 7, 2016. I made the pumpkins out of marshmallow fondant, I only made 1/4 of this recipe here)

5 from 11 votes

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

One of my favorite fall desserts! You get two layers of buttery oat crumble that's filled with a creamy, perfectly spiced pumpkin pie center. Skip the pie and try these instead!
Servings: 9 - 12
Prep30 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 1/4 cups (116g) quick oats (old fashioned works too)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (105g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (296g) canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup (85ml) evaporated milk or half and half
  • Sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon , for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oats, salt and baking soda for 30 seconds. Add in 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar an mix until no clumps remain. 
  • Combine melted butter and vanilla and add to mixture, then stir with a spoon until evenly moistened.
  • Gently press half of the mixture into a greased 8 by 8-inch baking dish (a 9 by 9-inch baking dish would be great to, just reduce the baking time slightly as needed) and bake in preheated oven 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt.
  • Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla and stir until blended. Mix in pumpkin then milk.
  • Pour mixture over baked cookie portion and return to oven to bake 15 minutes, then remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cookie crumb mixture over top while breaking the crumb into small bits. 
  • Transfer oven rack closer to the top-center (not directly beneath but a few levels below) and return to oven to bake about 20 - 25 minutes longer until golden on top and center only jiggles slightly. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool 1 hour at room temperature, then transfer to refrigerator to cool 1 hour longer (or serve warm from the oven like a crumble with ice cream).
  • Cut into squares and serve with sweetened whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon if desired.

Notes

  • Nutrition estimate based on 12 servings, does not include whipped cream topping or decoration.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4266IU85%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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136 Comments

  • Jamie Thorpe

    I liked the flavor profile but if I ever make this again, I would half the cookie portion and use it for the crust (with just a little leftover for crumbles on the top). To me, it was too much heavy oatmeal and not enough pumpkin.

  • Mary Henderson

    I’ve made this recipe a couple of times and I really like it. It’s a nice variant on pumpkin pie and easier to serve when you don’t have a plate handy. It freezes well too, so it’s easy to defrost just a bite or two to serve with milk for grands or tea/coffee for friends.

  • Vanessa

    Great recipe! I’ve made it a couple of times and it’s been a hit. What is the best oven temp and time amount to reheat? I premade one and it’s in the fridge for a day until serving.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I haven’t reheated these. I’ll usually even served cold and there still delicious. You could try oven reheating but I wouldn’t keep in there long or they’ll dry out. You may find the microwave easiest.

  • Karla

    Hello !
    If I wanted to make this in 13×9 inch dish would the measurements remain the same. I made this recipe and it is amazing! And wanted to make a bigger batch :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I would use the toggle option of the servings number and increase to 12 or 13 servings.

  • Susan

    Can I substitute the pumpkin pie in the can instead of using all the seasoning l don’t have all those. Wouldn’t it taste same. I use it for pumpkin pie?

  • Karen M.

    Totally yumalicious! (I know, not a word). I made these last night and they were delicious! I have to warn you, they are really rich. My husband said they were really good and he doesn’t comment much on food. When I was reading the recipe I thought the filling might need more sugar, but there is plenty in the crumb topping. Thank you for a great recipe and definitely making for Thanksgiving!!