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Great classic pumpkin pie flavors without the hassle of dealing with pie crust!  Make your Thanksgiving easier with these Shortbread Pumpkin Pie Bars... perfect for a larger crowd! #pumpkinpie #pumpkin #Thanksgiving #crowd #shortbread #hasslefree #easyrecipe #bars
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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Crust

Great classic pumpkin pie flavors without the hassle of dealing with pie crust!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bars recipe, pumpkin pie bars
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 254kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter , cubed


  • 29 oz can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 (12 oz each) cans evaporated milk


  • Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.  Line a 9x13" baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside. 
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and 1/4 cup sugar.  Add cubes of butter and cut into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or two forks.  This can also be done in a food processor by pulsing until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Press crust into the prepared baking dish in an even layer and set aside.  To a large mixing bowl, add pumpkin, eggs, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and 2 cups of sugar.  Whisk or beat together.  Add evaporated milk and stir until well combined.  
  • Pour mixture over crust in prepared pan and bake at 425 F degrees for 15 minutes.  Leave the pan in the oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 and continue baking another 50-55 minutes, until filling is set.
  • Remove pan from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting into bars.  I usually make my bars the night before, so they're refrigerated overnight.
  • Slice into squares and serve with whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon if desired.



1 serving = 1 bar
Slice panful of pumpkin bars horizontally in thirds (by making 2 slices across), then make 4 evenly spaced vertical slices to make 15 bars per pan.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 8790IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.6mg