There is ALWAYS a pumpkin pie on the table at Thanksgiving, right? What if this year – this crazy, crazy year – we instead made a NEW version of pumpkin pie? This bar version of the ol’ classic will maybe make the original obsolete because they are so. darn. good.
My husband loves pumpkin pie, so he generally starts requesting one about late September, and if we go into Costco, we stand by the $5.99 giant pumpkin pies for 10 minutes debating if we actually need one. (The answer: we don’t. Ever.) Year four into marriage, and year 6+ of actually making pies for holidays, and I am starting to get rather bored with a standard pumpkin pie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still delicious, but it’s losing my interest. Besides a copious amount of whipped cream on top, it really has no flare.
What did I do to solve this dilemma? I experimented with some of my favorite dessert components: graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie filling, and streusel topping. The result: amazing. Plus a 9 x 13″ pan of these bars feeds WAY more people than a pie. Don’t tell my husband, but I may never make a traditional pumpkin pie again.
Give these a go this holiday season, and let me know what you think! You die hard pumpkin pie people – I would love to know if I get your seal of approval with these bars.