Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Pumpkin pie bars....

    

     To me, nothing says autumn like Pumpkin Pie Bars.  This recipe is an old family favorite that my Mom has been making for about 33 years and she taught my sister and I how to make it as well.  My Mom found this recipe in an issue of Women's Day magazine during her and my Dad's first year of marriage.  Pumpkin Pie Bars are a fall staple in our household and we look forward to enjoying them each year.

Ingredients

1 - 18 oz. box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 eggs

1 - 30 oz. can solid packed pumpkin, or 3 cups pureed pumpkin

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided

2/3 cup evaporated milk

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1/4 cup butter, softened

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a 13X9 inch baking pan.  Remove 1 cup of dry cake mix and place in a small bowl; set aside.

setting aside cake mix

     In another bowl, beat one egg, then add remaining cake mix and melted butter.  Mix well. Press into bottom of prepared pan.

crust mixture

Crust mixture......

crust

Crust mixture after its been pressed into the greased pan.

    In a large bowl, lightly beat remaining 3 eggs. Stir in pumpkin, 1 cup of sugar, evaporated milk and cinnamon. 

adding the eggs

Beating the eggs...

pumpkin and sugar

Adding the pumpkin and sugar....

adding the cinnamon

Measuring out the cinnamon....

mixture

At this point, your pumpkin mixture should look like this.

    Pour over cake mixture in pan. 

mixture in pan

Here's the mixture after I poured it over the top of the crust.  Be sure to spread it evenly.

    To the reserved cake mix, add 1/2 cup sugar, nuts if desired and softened butter.  Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over pumpkin mixture. 

topping

Cake mix, sugar and softened cubed butter for the topping. This time, I omitted the nuts.

pastry blender

We like to use a pastry blender to mix the topping ingredients.

ready for the oven

This batch of pumpkin pie bars is topped and ready for the oven!

    Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until completely done.

finished bars

Here's the pumpkin pie bars fresh from the oven!

    By, Jessi Wasell