Pumpkin Pie Bars recipe – quick and easy dessert bars that taste like classic pumpkin pie! The cinnamon crumb topping is irresistible!
Crazy easy Pumpkin Pie Bars made with canned pumpkin pie filling and from-scratch crust and topping, that’s made in one bowl. Crumb bars are my favorite dessert bars to make ( right next to cheesecake! ), starting with the sour cream bars, their lemon version and of course, the caramel apple bars that are pure indulgence!
These Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars are a cross between pumpkin pie and my coffee cake with crumb topping. The creamy pumpkin filling pairs perfectly with buttery crust and topping. They make for a perfect no-fuss and low-key Thanksgiving dessert or just as a treat with a cup of coffee. I make them for almost all of our fall gatherings and holiday parties. Everyone loves them!
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE BARS
My favorite part of making these Pumpkin Pie Bars is that the crust and the crumb topping are made from one mixture. It’s buttery with a perfect amount of cinnamon and cloves. Simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, reserve about 3/4 cup of it for the topping and press the rest into the bottom of a parchment paper lined baking pan.
The filling is super easy since we are using a canned pumpkin pie filling, not a puree. Add one egg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, whisk until smooth and pour over the crust. Sprinkle crumb topping over the filling and bake in the preheated oven for 28 to 32 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. You can also cool the bars completely and then refrigerate for up to 2 days or until ready to serve.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUMPKIN PIE MIX AND PUMPKIN PUREE
Recipes for pumpkin desserts call for either canned pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin pie mix. You should not substitute one for the other and here is why. Pumpkin puree is just that – clean pureed pumpkin without anything added. Pumpkin pie mix has spices and milk added and most of the time you only need to add eggs to it and it’s ready to be baked in a pie crust.
I bought a large can of pumpkin pie filling and used it to make this irresistible Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip. The rest was used to make these bars. If you are a huge fan of pumpkin desserts, go ahead and make both! You will love them!
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