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Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Prep Time:
    20 Minutes
  • Cook Time:
    PT65M
    45 Minutes
  • Yield:
    24 Bars
These bars are easy to make with the help of boxed cake mix. With a cookie-like base and crumbly topping, they’re a crowd pleaser.
Ingredients
  • Cookie Bottom:
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups canned or freshly cooked pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box yellow cake mix, divided
  • ½ cup chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • Topping:
  • ½ cup cake mix
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • Cookie Bottom:
  • 118.29ml canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 59.15ml milk
  • 473.18ml canned or freshly cooked pumpkin
  • 8.52g pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box yellow cake mix, divided
  • 118.29ml chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
  • 118.29ml dried cranberries (optional)
  • 59.15ml unsalted pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • Topping:
  • 118.29ml cake mix
  • 118.29ml quick-cooking oats
  • 59.15ml brown sugar
  • 59.15ml pumpkin seeds
  • 1.07g pumpkin pie spice
  • 59.15ml melted butter

These bars are easy to make with the help of boxed cake mix. With a cookie-like base and crumbly topping, they’re a crowd pleaser.

Preparation
STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 11x13-inch baking dish. Measure ½ cup of cake mix and set aside for topping.

STEP 2

Using electric mixer, whisk oil, eggs, milk, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Add all of the remaining cake mix and whisk until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in ginger, cranberries and 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds, if using. Spread evenly into prepared pan.

STEP 3

To make topping, in a separate bowl, mix together reserved 1/2 cup of cake mix, oats, brown sugar, pumpkin seeds and spice. Add butter, stir to combine and sprinkle over bars.

STEP 4

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until pick inserted comes out clean.

Options

To cook fresh pumpkin, preheat oven to 350°F. Cut a sugar pumpkin into pieces and remove seeds and stringy inside. Bake in a dish with 1/4-inch of water, covered, for about 45 minutes or until tender. Scoop tender pumpkin out of skin , drain excess water, and mash.

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