With a deliciously spiced pumpkin pie on the bottom and buttery swirled cake topping these super EASY Pumpkin Pie Bars will be your favorite holiday dessert! Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and any day perfect!
Just before we left for England in early November, I made this Pumpkin Pie Dessert Bars for my family. I was planning to post this earlier but because of the family emergency we had, everything, naturally, had to take the backseat.
Nonetheless, at the back of my mind, I haven’t forgotten about this truly delightful recipe and made sure to post this at least before Thanksgiving.
Besides, who says pumpkin desserts are only for Fall or Thanksgiving? I love pumpkin-based desserts so much, I don’t even mind having them during the hottest days of summer – so for me, every season is a good season for Pumpkins!!! Agree? 🙂
I discovered this super-easy and super-yummy dessert – and yes, it’s really super – in the cookbook made by the ladies of our church in Holland, Michigan.
I remember reading quite a few delicious-sounding recipes for fall there and thought it was about time I tried them out! It’s only been 10 years since I had a copy of that and I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to making the yummy recipes there – although I have tried quite a few which have become a staple in our household.
After trying this (I must confess I had a few slices!!!), I have been blaming myself for not making this years ago!! My kids totally loved these pie bars and had a few slices between them, too! Oh, well better late than never.
Doesn’t it look so good? I get sweet cravings every time I see this dessert!
The photos above and below are versions without the nuts added. The recipe below adds that option if you like a bit of crunch!
What are the ingredients to make yummy Pumpkin Pie Bars
(Scroll down for the recipe card for full instructions and to print the recipe.)
- 1 can (15 oz) solid-pack Pumpkin puree
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated Milk
- 3 Eggs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 package (18 3/4 oz) Yellow Cake Mix
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 3/4 cup Butter, melted
How do you make these Pumpkin Pie Bars?
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients – pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, and pumpkin spice.
Mix all the ingredients until well-blended.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.
Sprinkle with the dry cake mix and the chopped nuts, (if using). The nuts are optional.
Drizzle all over with butter. Using a butter knife make a swirly pattern on the cake.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with ice cream on top, if desired!
What I love is the ease of preparation, hardly any, really. It’s similar to a dump cake in a sense. The only major mixing involved is simply combining the pumpkin puree with the pie spice, sugar, milk and eggs.
After that, it’s really just spooning everything in the baking dish! I did swirl the topping a little bit to create a lovely texture and to make it look quite pretty as you can see above although pardon the late afternoon photo which, I think, did not do much justice to the pretty cake!
Easy-peasy deliciousness indeed!
Anyway, as you can see it is crazy easy that even my children can do this on their own. And it’s unbelievably DELISH!!!
So, if by chance you want to try a different dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year, I totally and absolutely recommend this!!!
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Pumpkin Pie Dessert Bars
- 1 (15 oz) can solid-pack Pumpkin puree
- 1 (12 oz) can evaporated Milk
- 3 Eggs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3 tsps Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 (18 3/4 oz) package Yellow Cake Mix or Spice Cake Mix
- ½ cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
- ¾ cup Butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients – pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, and pumpkin spice.
- Mix well.
- Transfer to the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle with the dry cake mix and the chopped nuts, (if using).
- Drizzle all over with butter. Using a butter knife make a swirly pattern on the cake.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with ice cream on top, if desired!
Last updated on September 12th, 2023 at 02:45 pm