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Pumpkin and pecan pie bars

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All the goodness of autumn treats come together in these delicious pumpkin and pecan cake bars. Layers of buttery shortbread, sweet pecan, and flavored pumpkin will get you hooked!

Is it just me or do the best goodies come out in the fall? I almost drool when I think of pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin cream cheese truffles, and pumpkin pie caramel blondies. These are a few more goodies that can be refined with a little autumn flair!

Pumpkin and pecan pie bars in 2.  cut

Insanely good pumpkin pecan cake bar recipe

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the fresh autumn air and the beautiful tall trees in our park with colorful autumn leaves. My other favorite part of autumn is the treats! Pumpkin pie is a must. Pecan cake is a must. So it happened to me … I have to combine both! All the goodness of pumpkin and pecan tart are fused together in this delicious dessert. It starts with a buttery shortbread crust. This is followed by a layer of pumpkin pie and a brown sugar pecan topping. The brown sugar adds a caramel flavor to the bars as they cook. The result? Pure autumn perfection.

First of all, 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 to prepare and then they’re ready to hand as soon as they put in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for them to finish. The smell that fills my kitchen immediately makes me devour the whole pan. They are so soft, sweet, buttery, with the best touch of autumn spice! You will 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 uses many of the ingredients that I have at home. It’s a simple and inexpensive dessert! The end result will surprise you with its rich, sweet and perfectly flavored flavors. You can find the dimensions for each ingredient in the recipe card below!

Shortbread layer

  • flour: Flour is used to add structure to your crust. I like to use all-purpose flour because it keeps your crust light and crumbly.
  • Oats: You can use old fashioned here or right away. Oats give your crust a delicious texture!
  • Brown sugar: This is used to give the crust a sweet, rich taste.
  • butter: I’m using salted butter here for improved taste. You can use margarine too! No matter what you choose, make sure it’s soft before adding it to your mix.

Pumpkin layer

  • Granulated sugar: For a smooth texture and sweetness!
  • pumpkin: You can use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree!
  • Condensed milk: The perfect ingredient for delicious creaminess!
  • Eggs: Eggs act as a binder to solidify your pumpkin layer after baking.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: A necessary ingredient to get those amazing autumn flavors! In fact, try making this pumpkin pie spice from scratch! It’s super easy!

Pecan layer

  • Pecans: I like to cut mine into small pieces so that they work in thoroughly.
  • Brown sugar: For the perfect rich sweetness of a pecan cake!
  • Whipped cream: This is used above. You can whip your own cream, but canned whipped cream tastes amazing too!

How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars

It’s not difficult at all to make this incredible crowd puller! All you have to do is layer it and toss it in the oven. This is a recipe that both beginners and experienced bakers alike will enjoy to the full! Warning: Can create an irresistible autumn smell in your kitchen.

  1. Prepare the crust: First preheat your oven to 350 °. Line a 9 × 13-inch pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter, then beat on low speed until the mixture is combined and crumbly. Next, press into the bottom of your 9 × 13-inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven.
  2. Pumpkin layer: To start, mix the sugar, pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice in a medium-sized bowl. Beat for 1-2 minutes. Next, pour over the crust. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  3. Pecan Layer: Combine brown sugar and pecans. Scatter the filling on top and then bake for 15-20 minutes or until the knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool completely. Finally, brush with whipped cream and serve!

Pumpkin and pecan pie bars cut into pieces.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some simple things to keep in mind while making these delicious pumpkin pie pecan bars! The end result will be so delicious that your friends and family will surely ask for more!

  • With a food processor: If you’re having trouble pushing your crust into the pan, your mixture may be too thick. You can mix your dry ingredients beforehand in a food processor for a finer ground crust mix!
  • Pumpkin pie spice: If you don’t have this on hand, you can do it at home with a simple mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger! You can use this recipe as a guide to the ratios, but it can easily be tweaked to suit your individual tastes!
  • Let the bar cool down completely: This is certainly the hardest tip to follow, but it’s worth it! If you try to cut into bars too early, they won’t keep their shape. Pumpkin, in particular, takes time to set. You can even put your bars in the refrigerator to aid in this process. In either case, it usually takes a few hours to completely finish them.
  • Serve with ice: I use whipped cream in my recipe, but these bars turn into a decadent dessert à la mode! A scoop of homemade ice cream or even frozen yogurt can really improve this dessert.

Three pumpkin and pecan pie bars stacked on top of each other.

Keep leftovers

These pumpkin pie bars taste fantastic the next day! So you can keep them and enjoy them later!

  • refrigerator: If you keep your bars in an airtight container, they will keep for 5-6 days.
  • freezer: In an airtight container, your pumpkin and pecan pie bars will stay in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let them thaw in the refrigerator for a full day before consuming them.

Yes, you can technically have these all year round, but I happily wait until the season is right to serve these yummy desserts. I feel like it makes me appreciate her more too! Ring in fall with these incredible desserts filled with all of the seasonal flavors you love – pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel!

Review from a reader

I’ve been doing this for years. This recipe is proven. Easy to prepare … Perfect dessert for a good meal!


  • To make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 °. Line a 9 × 13-inch pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Mix the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar and butter in a small mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until mixture is combined and crumbly. Press into the bottom of your 9 × 13 inch pan and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven.

To make the pumpkin layer:

  • In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice together. Beat for 1-2 minutes. Pour over the crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven.

Updated October 22, 2021
Originally published November 2, 2018

Serves: 12th

Calories128kcal (6%)carbohydrates21G (7%)protein2G (4%)fat4thG (6%)Saturated fat1G (5%)cholesterol27mg (9%)sodium11mgpotassium38mg (1%)fiber1G (4%)sugar13G (14%)Vitamin A40IE (1%)vitamin C0.1mgcalcium11mg (1%)iron0.8mg (4%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.

course dessert

kitchen American

keyword Pecan pie bars, pumpkin pecan pie bars, pumpkin pie bars

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