Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars

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All of the goodness of fall treats combine in these delicious pumpkin pecan pie bars. Layers of buttery shortbread, sweet pecan, and spiced pumpkin will have you hooked!

Is it just me, or do the best treats come out in the fall? I almost drool thinking about pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin cream cheese truffles, and pumpkin pie caramel blondies– more tasty treats enhanced with a little fall flair!

Pumpkin pecan pie bars sliced into 2" x 2" pieces on parchment paper.

Insanely Good Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the crisp fall air and the beautiful big trees in our park that have colorful fall leaves. My other favorite part of fall is the treats! It’s heartbreaking, actually, that some of the best flavors are reserved for just one season! Pumpkin pie is a must. Pecan Pie is a must. So it came to me… I need to combine both! All of the goodness of Pumpkin and Pecan Pie get fused together in this delicious dessert. It starts with a buttery shortbread crust. Then, it is followed by a pumpkin pie layer and topped with a brown sugar pecan topping. The brown sugar adds a caramel flavor as the bars cook. The result? Pure fall perfection.

First, I love these bars because they are perfect for cutting up and feeding a crowd. Second, they are a lot easier than you think! It only takes 10 minutes of prep and then they are hands-off once they go in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for them to finish. The smell that fills my kitchen makes me want to gobble up the whole pan immediately. They are so soft, sweet, buttery, with the best hint of fall spice! You are going to love everything about these delicious bars. If you love pumpkin pie and pecan pie, get ready to go crazy for these!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars

I love that this delicious recipe utilizes a lot of ingredients I have at home. It makes for a simple and inexpensive dessert! The end result will amaze you with its rich, sweet, perfectly spiced flavors. You can find measurements for each ingredient in the recipe card below!

Shortbread Layer:

  • Flour: Flour is used to give your crust structure. I like to use all-purpose flour because it keeps your crust light and crumbly.
  • Oats: You can use old-fashioned or instant here. Oats will give your crust a tasty texture!
  • Brown Sugar: This is used to add a sweet, rich flavor to the crust.
  • Butter: I use salted butter here for enhanced flavor. You can also use margarine! No matter what you choose, make sure it is softened before adding it to your mixture.

Pumpkin Layer:

  • Granulated Sugar: For a smooth texture and sweetness!
  • Pumpkin: I like to use canned pumpkin for ease.
  • Evaporated Milk: The perfect ingredient for adding delicious creaminess!
  • Eggs: Eggs work as a binding agent to solidify your pumpkin layer once baked.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: A necessary ingredient to get those amazing fall flavors! You can make this at home with ease.

Pecan Layer:

  • Pecans: I like to chop mine up into small pieces so they incorporate thoroughly.
  • Brown Sugar: For the perfect rich sweetness of a pecan pie!
  • Whipped Cream: This is used on top. You can whip your own using heavy cream, but canned whipped cream tastes amazing, too!

How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars

Making this incredible crowd-pleaser isn’t difficult at all! All you have to do is layer and throw it in the oven. This is a recipe that both beginner and seasoned bakers can thoroughly enjoy! Warning: May cause an irresistible fall scent in your kitchen.

  1. Prepare Crust: First, preheat your oven to 350° Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and butter. Beat at low speed until mixture is combined and crumbly. Next, press into the bottom of your 9×13 inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  2. Pumpkin Layer: To begin, in a medium-sized bowl combine sugar, pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat for about 1-2 minutes. Next, pour over crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. Pecan Layer: Combine brown sugar and pecans. Sprinkle over the filling. Continue to bake for 15 -20 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let it cool completely. Lastly, top with whipped cream and serve!
Pumpkin pecan pie bars cut into pieces.

Tips and Tricks for Making Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars

Here are some easy things to keep in mind as you make these tasty fall treats! The end result will be so delicious, your friends and family will surely be asking for more!

  • Using a Food Processor: If you are having trouble getting your crust to press down into the pan, your mixture may be too thick. You can blend your dry ingredients in a food processor beforehand for a more finely-milled crust mixture!
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: If you don’t have this on hand, you can make it at home with a simple blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger! You can use my recipe as a guide on ratios, but it can easily be customized to fit your individual tastes!
  • Let Bars Cool Completely: This is easily the hardest tip to follow, but well worth it! If you try to cut into bars too prematurely, they won’t hold their shape. Pumpkin, specifically, needs time to set in place. You can stick your bars in the fridge to help this process along, but it will typically take a few hours before they are completely ready. Sorry stomach!
  • Serve With Ice Cream: I use whipped cream in my recipe, but these bars transform into a decadent dessert when served à la mode! A scoop of homemade ice cream or even frozen yogurt can really take this dessert up a notch.

Can I Store My Leftover Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars?

Yes! But because there is cooked pumpkin involved, it is best to store these bad boys in the fridge rather than at room temperature.

  • In the Refrigerator: If you store your bars in an airtight container, they will keep for 5-6 days.
  • In the Freezer: In an airtight container, your pumpkin pecan pie bars will stay good for up to 2 months. Let thaw in the fridge for 1 whole day before consuming.
Three pumpkin pecan pie bars stacked on top of each other.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars

5 from 2 votes
All of the goodness of pumpkin and pecan pie combine in these delicious dessert bars. They are baked on top of a buttery shortbread crust and make one fantastic dessert!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12

Ingredients
  

Shortbread Layer:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned or instant oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened

Pumpkin Layer:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 1 can 12 fl. oz. Evaporated Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Pecan Layer:

  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Whipped cream

Instructions
 

  • To make the crust: Preheat oven to 350° Line a 9×13 inch pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar and butter in small mixer bowl. Beat at low speed until mixture is combined and crumbly. Press into the bottom of your 9×13 inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • To make the pumpkin layer: In a medium sized bowl combine sugar, pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat for about 1-2 minutes. Pour over crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • To make the pecan layer: Combine brown sugar and pecans. Sprinkle over the filling. Continue to bake for 15 -20 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and top with whipped cream.


Nutrition

Serves: 12

Calories128kcal (6%)Carbohydrates21g (7%)Protein2g (4%)Fat4g (6%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol27mg (9%)Sodium11mgPotassium38mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar13g (14%)Vitamin A40IU (1%)Vitamin C0.1mgCalcium11mg (1%)Iron0.8mg (4%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi! These look amazing and I’m planning on making them! I’m also making an apple pie and 2 pumpkin! Can I make these Wednesday? Will they still be as delicious Thursday?

  2. They taste pretty much the same as pumpkin pie. The pecans and brown supper are minimal and just give a glaze on top….they’re not at all like pecan pie on top. I’ve been making these more years than I can remember and my family loves them but they’re just called pumpkin pie squares. Very good but it’s not what somebody renamed them.

  3. Hi! I am very excited about making these for my moms fall-themed birthday party. If the party is on Sunday, how far ahead can I make the bars and still be sure they are fresh?

  4. 5 stars
    I have been making these for years. This recipe is tried and true. Easy to make. I do add a pinch of cinnamon to the crust portion. They keep well in the fridge and you can make them a bit dressier by cutting into neat squares, topping with vanilla bean ice cream and drizzling with a warm caramel sauce. Perfect dessert for a nice meal!

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