easy pumpkin bars

Hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving! My mother-in-law and sister-in-law prepared a delicious Thanksgiving feast. I contributed a couple of sides and a pumpkin pie. What a fantastic meal!

Every year I bake at least one pumpkin pie. Each and every time I put together my ingredients I end up with too much filling for one pie shell. This year I chose to make this yummy pie recipe from Weelicious. It was fantastic but once again I ended up with more filling than I needed. I decided it was definitely too good to waste so I put the rest of it into a pumpkin bar recipe. I came up with this recipe off the top of my head and I was worried that it wouldn't turn out but...it was amazing! My sister and her family stopped by for a visit shortly after the bars came out of the oven. I let my lovely nieces be my taste testers and they agreed that these were indeed scrumptious. Yay!

This is basically 1/2 of the filling recipe with my crust and other ingredients added.

Pumpkin Bars
by theUngourmet

1 cup crushed graham crackers
2 tbsp melted butter

1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4-1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 lightly packed brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers and melted butter. Spread evenly into bottom of baking pan. Evenly spread pecans and chocolate chips over graham cracker crust.

In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, egg, syrup, sugar, spices and salt. Pour over crust.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until pumpkin is set. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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So Good!


I also got to spend a little while holding my precious great nephew. Isn't he the sweetest?!



bellini valli said...

Yes he is the sweetest Kim, a little showstopper for sure...just like the pumpkin bars.

BarbaraJean said...

Kim, you never cease to amaze me with your delicious recipes. Wish I would have been there as well when they came out of the oven. You and my Great Grandson look so sweet looking lovingly into eachother's eyes! By the way, thanks for reading my Thanksgiving post.

Fresh Local and Best said...

That is a precious picture of you and your nephew. Those pumpkin bars are a great idea to use up that extra pumpkin filling.

Jeannie said...

Aww he is such a sweetie...your pumpkin bars look deliciously moist!

TKW said...

He's a stunner! Nothing like new baby smell!

I love the addition of maple syrup in this recipe.

Joanne said...

I can't tell what looks better...the pumpkin bars or your nephew (okay, definitely your nephew. I could eat him up.) But those bars do look DELICIOUS! Great job coming up with this recipe!

Stella said...

Hey Kim, these pumpkin bars look delicious. And you know I love a dessert with redeeming qualities. Pumpkin pie like things qualify due to good nutrient load;)
Ooh, that is your great nephew? He's very pretty and you are too. I would never think that you were old enough to have a great nephew, Kim. Pretty good, lady (smile)...

tasteofbeirut said...

these pumpkin bars are very wonderful as is your little nephew; enjoy both!

clearlytangled said...

this is going with my giant pile of pumpkin recipes. i should really just separate them all into one binder; i have so many!
very sweet picture of you and your greatnephew.

Emily Z said...

Lovely pumpkin bars and even lovelier baby. You're a great-aunt?!? Wow! My sister came in town with her 5-month old baby boy and I have cherished every second I have been able to spend with him. :)

Evan @swEEts said...

Great way to use up left over pumpkin pie filling! They look delicious and that little one is too cute!

Monet said...

What a beautiful little boy...I'm sure everyone is thankful for that treasure! These bars look great (I love how you threw in those chocolate chips!) Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a lovely Saturday afternoon!

Danielle said...

the pumpkin bars look delish...and what a darling little nephew you have. It's been a while since I've gotten to hold one so little.

♥peachkins♥ said...

The pumpkin bars look fantastic.Nice shot of you and your nephew,he is adorable!

Reeni said...

What a precious baby and a really sweet picture! Those are some super scrumptious pumpkin bars! They turned out great.

Julia said...

Oh Kim that baby steals the show.

I sorta want another baby but really don't want any diapers, late night crying, feeding, lugging or any of the acoutrements that come with a baby!

The bars would have been gone in about 10 minutes at our house...

ps my spell checker is not working. Just so ya know.

Beth said...

What a little darling! And those pumpkin bars look delicious too.

Faith said...

Oh, he is so adorable, Kim! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The bars look great -- love chocolate and pumpkin together!

Jenn said...

Adorable baby!!! I tend to do the same thing as well. I make too much of one thing and end up trying to figure out what to do with the rest.

I must say pumpkin bars do sounds really tasty right about now.

Anonymous said...

Scrumptious pumpkin bars, I like the maple syrup addition and the choc chips & pecans. Your nephew is adorable!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

What a cute baby! I bet if he were old enough he would love these bars too :)

Megan said...

I don't think you could possibly go wrong with those ingredients. I always have way too much pumpkin leftover too so I will have to keep these in mind.

Barbra Ignatiev said...

These were perfectly amazing and easy to make, as the title suggests.

I didn't have pumpkin pie spice so I just devised my own ~ I think I did 1/2t powdered ginger, 1/4t crushed clove and 1/2t-3/4t cinnamon. Yum!


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