Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

09.07.2013

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)

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Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

5 from 9 votes

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: 12
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour
  • 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

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Crumb Bars
Author: Jaclyn

115 comments

  • Jenny: Thank you for this recipe. Best pumpkin filling/texture compared to other recipes for pumpkin bars I’ve tried, easy to make and tasty. These bars are a perfect summer treat for those who love pumpkin all year long. Modified the recipe to accommodate ingredients on hand for the cookie base/top- used instant brown sugar oatmeal packs and did not added the sugars listed in recipe since oatmeal packs had loads. June 26, 2019 at 8:44pm Reply

  • Zoe: Super delicious! My brother and I decided to try these on a whim (and we have a pretty small amount of baking experience) and WOW did these disappear quickly! A huge hit and super easy, we’ll be making again soon! November 24, 2018 at 3:22pm Reply

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