Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

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This recipe has become a customer and staff favorite ever since one of our sales associates created it a few years ago. The two key ingredients, pumpkin quick bread and pecan pumpkin butter, are only available during the fall so stock up when you can!

 

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

 

For the crust:
1 (1 lb. 2 oz.) package spiced pecan pumpkin quick bread mix
1 egg
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

 

For the filling:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 13.5 oz. jar Muirhead pecan pumpkin butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
15 oz. confectioners’ sugar

 

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.

 

To make the crust, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the quick bread mix, egg and melted butter and beat on low speed until the ingredients come together, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Press the crust down until it feels compact (using the back of a measuring cup can help).
Wash and dry the mixer bowl and beater.

 

To make the filling, in the mixer bowl, combine the cream cheese and pumpkin butter and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, vanilla, melted butter and cinnamon and beat until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat well, about 2 minutes.

 

Spread the filling over the crust. Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Do not overbake; the center should still be a little gooey. To test for doneness, gently shake the pan; you should see a slight jiggle in the center. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for at least 20 minutes, then cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

4 comments about “Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

  1. Georgia Spencer

    I was all set to try this recipe, but I don’t like recipes that use ingredients that aren’t readily available at the local grocery stores. I really prefer cooking from scratch! I find your mixes are mixes are too expensive! A jar of pumpkin butter and a mix for pumpkin bread!!! YIKES!

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    1. Tracey Hanna

      Georgia, I understand that you don’t want to pay too much for the mixes as they are too expensive, what I do is go to Trader Joe’s and buy their pumpkin bread mix which is so good and always disappears in 1 or 2 days! Also Trader Joe’s sells pumpkin butter so you can try that as they don’t cost too much. I will try the recipe from Williams Sonoma using Trader Joe’s pumpkin mix and pumpkin butter and I am pretty sure it will turn out good.

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      1. Mary Ouellette

        I tried this recipe using the TraderJoe’s products and the pumpkin bars were amazingly good ! No need to spend the money on the overpriced items. You just need to get the products at Trader Joes’s at the right time of the year. They sell out quickly in the fall.

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