Monday, October 15, 2012

National Cookie Month: Pumpkin Bars

Since it's October, we can't get by without at least 1 pumpkin recipe, right? We had a church dinner yesterday, and I brought a plate of these. Moist and gooey- they are particularly delicious when served warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side (voice of experience speaking here.)

Pumpkin Bars
Makes about 2 dozen

For the crust/crumble topping-
1 cup chopped nuts
1 stick + 2 T. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup oats

For the pumpkin filling:
1- 15 oz can pumpkin
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice

Toast the nuts (do not skip this step- it makes all the difference): Place chopped nuts in a dry non-stick pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until nuts are golden and fragrant. Be careful not to burn. Cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch pan. Set aside.

Make the crust/crumble topping:  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, oatmeal and nuts. Gradually add to butter and sugar mixture. Mixture should be crumbly.

Make the filling: Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

Place about 2/3 of the crust mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan and press down. Spread pumpkin mixture over crust. Sprinkle with remaining crust mixture; gently press crust mixture down into pumpkin.

Bake about 30-35 minutes until golden and set.
Cool slightly and cut into bars.

Click here for a printable PDF of this recipe.

Don't forget Jill Finley's "Blook Tour" this week! All of the designers below will be giving away a copy of Jill's book, so visit each of them for your chance to win:

 Sat, Oct 13:     Aurifil Threads
 Sun, Oct. 14:   Linda Lum DeBono
 Mon, Oct 15:   Madame Samm
 Tues, Oct 16:   PamKittyMorning
 Wed, Oct 17:  Amy Ellis
 Thur, Oct 18:   Stitch This (Martingale)
 Fri, Oct 19:     Chitter Chatter Designs                    
                        Gigi's Thimble
Sat, Oct 20:      Jacquelynne Steves  (right here, folks!)
Sun, Oct 21:     Henry Glass Fabrics


  1. this is one yummy cookie! Saw this photo on Food Gawker today and had to click over to your site.

  2. YUMM. Your recipes are almost as good as your quilting designs! Thanks for your promo this week! I really appreciate it.

  3. This recipe sounds yummy!!!! Can't wait to try it! Thank you for sharing it!

  4. Just found your blog and bookmarking it! There's nothing like a devoted Christian wife and mother who is creative and willingly shares her life and ideas with others. I appreciate you! Your pumpkin bar cookies sound outrageously delicious! Gonna have to try this recipe! I signed up for your it will help me along my own path I'm walking on, in the Lord and in creativity! God bless you with many gifts and graces, Elizabeth Hansen, Chester County, PA

  5. I love Jill and follow her blog with joy at all the lovely quilts she puts out. I love her sense of color. Red is my favorite color and I could say it is a neutral in some quilts. Love your newsletter and now I will have to follow your blog. Blessings Sandra



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