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Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe

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Where are my pumpkin lovers at? This Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe is the perfect fall dessert! Easy to make and simple to indulge! Desserts like this are a must-make!

The crunchy pecans on top with the tender and yummy texture of the bars make these a dessert dream come true! You will love them!

It doesn’t feel like fall until I’m chowing down some delicious pumpkin treats. Dessert bar recipes like this are fun and simple to serve – making them great for large families.

Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe

We’re a split house between apple desserts and pumpkin recipes for fall sweets. While I enjoy a good apple treat, nothing screams warmth during fall months like anything made using pumpkin.

My boys agree that there is just something yummy about dessert bars like this that has them requesting me to make them year after year. I’m happy to oblige since that means I can also jump in and partake!

If you are craving pumpkin, these dessert bars are the best. The topping is creamy, and the body of the bars is also the perfect texture.

Is canned pumpkin really pumpkin?

Canned pumpkin is a food that is often used in the fall and winter months, particularly in dishes like pumpkin pie, soup, and bread. However, there is usually some confusion about whether or not a canned pumpkin is made from a real pumpkin.

The short answer is yes, canned pumpkin is made from real pumpkin. According to industry standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, canned pumpkin is “firm, sound, properly matured, golden fleshed, sweet varieties of either pumpkins or squash.”

While other forms of canned squash may also be labeled as “pumpkin,” true canned pumpkin is the real deal.

So go ahead and confidently enjoy that slice of pumpkin pie, knowing that your delicious dessert is made from the flesh of a real pumpkin.

Specialty Ingredients:

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Pumpkin Dessert Bars Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

You know I’m a huge fan of meal planning – so why not join me? There are many reasons why, like cutting down on time and saving money at the store!

Main Dish: Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe

Vegetable Side: Thai Sweet Asparagus Recipe

Starch Side: Brown Rice using White Rice

Refreshing Drink: Super Tasty Blue Mocktail Recipes

Best Pumpkin Recipes:

Once you make this Pumpkin Dessert Bar Recipe, keep going with those pumpkin cravings. Pumpkin is the perfect flavor for fall – and a true treat for your tummy.

Here are some of my top dessert picks!

This Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe will have everyone saving room for more!

Everyone in the house will think that this Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites Recipe is the best!

If you love pumpkin desserts, this Pumpkin Delight is a MUST!

This Crockpot Pumpkin Butter Chicken is one of the best meals.

Want to try something new and yummy? Make this Mock Pumpkin Pie using Carrots!

This Pumpkin Punch Recipe is a great drink for the fall months.

Autumn Pumpkin Brownies are a great way to feed the family!

What is the difference between canned pumpkin and canned pumpkin pie filling?

The main difference between the two is that canned pumpkin is just that – pure pumpkin puree without any added sugar or spices, allowing you to control the flavor and sweetness of your recipe.

On the other hand, canned pumpkin pie filling is already seasoned with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It includes added sugar, making it a convenient option for those who want a shortcut in their pumpkin pie or other pumpkin-inspired recipes.

Knowing the difference can help you choose your favorite pumpkin dish’s ingredients.

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Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe is a fast and simple dessert. Perfect for fall sweets!


  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 28 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans

Icing Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of softened unsalted butter 
  • 6 ounces of softened cream cheese 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (may need extra)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13X9 baking pan.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars in a bowl. Add the pumpkin, extracts, spices, milk, eggs, sugars, and cake mix. Mix.
  3. Fold in 1/2 of the chopped nuts.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan.
  5. Bake on the center rack for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let the dessert cool before icing.
  7. Mix the cream cheese, butter, and extracts until creamy to make the icing.
  8. Add the powdered sugar in small amounts and mix. It should be light and fluffy. You can add more sugar to get it to the right consistency.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 366mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 3gSugar: 51gProtein: 6g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 8/17/2023

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