Sophisticated Sugar: Pumpkin Bars

PumpkinPieBars

 

When leaves change to orange, red and gold there is nothing like warm spices mixed with pumpkin to celebrate fall – one tiny bite at a time.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Crust:

1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter

Mix flour and sugar together. Then cut in butter. Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. While cooking, prepare the pumpkin filling.

Pumpkin Filling:

1 large can of Libby’s 100% Pumpkin
All other ingredients as listed on can

I love Libby’s pumpkin pie, with the ingredients listed, however I do prepare it slightly differently.

Start by creaming the eggs and sugar together until white and fluffy. Add salt and spices (Note: for a traditional, cinnamon-y pie use the individual spices – for a pie with more pumpkin flavor use recommended amount of Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.) Beat well. Add pumpkin carefully and beat. Pour in evaporated milk and gently mix.

After the crust has come out of the oven, raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees.

Pour pumpkin filling into crust (the pan will be VERY full) and CAREFULLY place in a fully heated oven. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40-50 minutes (do not remove the pumpkin bars from the oven when reducing the temperature).

Allow to cool before cutting . . . if you can wait that long! Then bring on the sweaters and scarves!

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