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