Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Around the Thanksgiving holiday time, it’s always the most chaotic time of the year.  I have Chris’ birthday around that time, as well as my nephew and niece all a day or two apart from each other.  This year for Chris’ birthday, we took a trip to Napa to celebrate.  Then after the trip I had to prep for Thanksgiving.  Last year we were in Mexico.  We also moved into our new house so we didn’t really have our Thanksgiving dinner in our new home until this year.  Having said all that, my blog took a backseat.  Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  I know we did.  Our bellies were full!

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Every year (almost) around November, I always make a pumpkin pie for Chris.  He’s a HUGE fan.  And it’s always with maple syrup added to it.  When we moved last year I must have inadvertently donated my pie dish.  So to keep with tradition I kept the filling the same, but changed it up to a graham cracker crust instead of a regular pie crust.  If you’re a huge fan of pumpkin pie like Chris, you’ll really dig this pie bar.  Have a great week!

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

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Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of dark muscovado sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup of whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick baking spray.  Line it with a sheet of parchment paper leaving a generous overhang for easy removal; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, muscovado sugar and butter.  Use a fork to mix everything together and then pour the mixture into the baking pan.  Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until crust is lightly brown.  Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and allow it to cool while you prepare the filling.  Do not turn off the oven.

Meanwhile, using a stand or electric mixer (or mix by hand), whisk together pumpkin purée, maple syrup, whipping cream, eggs, butter, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and salt in a large bowl until combined.  Pour pumpkin filling over the crust and spread it evenly with a spatula, if needed.

Return pan to the oven; bake for 60-70 minutes or until filling is just set in center.  Transfer to rack and cool completely.  Cover pie bars and refrigerate until cold.  Serve pie bars cold or at room temperature (I prefer it cold).  Note: This can be prepared 1 day ahead.  Keep refrigerated.

Adapted from Bon Appétit

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars
 

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53 thoughts on “Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

  1. Although I’m not a massive pumpkin fan I have to admit that these look super tasty and I wouldn’t mind eating a fair few!

  2. Happy birthday to Chris (trip to Napa? So nice and I’m jealous!) and wow, the pumpkin pie bars look truly inviting and also elegant. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving at your new home.

  3. These pumpkin pie bars look so scrumptious Anne! I love the graham cracker crust and maple syrup in here :) Pinning :) Happy belated birthday to Chris and I’m so glad to hear that you had a lovely Thanksgiving :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend! :) xo

  4. And I thought that it’s impossible to find more new sweet treats with pumpkin!
    Those bars look divine and the recipe is very creative.
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving at your new home Anne!

  5. Wow Napa! My wife and I just went this past summer. We loved it! Where did you go to dinner?

    I’m actually totally digging this graham cracker crust instead of regular pie crust. Pie crust honestly doesn’t do anything for me. Love graham cracker crusts so much more! This sounds totally delicious!

  6. Glad to read that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!
    These bars look lovely, better than plain pumpkin pie, I’d say! ;D

  7. Hi Anne – Happy post Thanksgiving! This time of year is really crazy busy – we also just celebrated my hubby’s birthday and my mom’s is coming up. On top of the holidays, these special occasions just seem to speed the year out of here! : ) I hope you had a great one – the birthday celebration in Napa sounds relaxing! I’m sure your Thanksgiving was delicious and festive. And these bars look just terrific! i’d rather go for that than a pumpkin pie.

    • How funny Monica! We just celebrated Chris’ birthday, my nephew and niece and my brother’s birthday is coming up! Lots of winter birthdays! :) I’m excited about the holidays, especially the treats! I look forward to seeing what you bake in your kitchen. xo!

  8. Anne, your pumpkin pie bars look scrumptious! Love the maple syrup addition. The first time I made pumpkin pie with maple syrup, it was Martha Stewart’s recipe. These bars, with a tasty graham cracker crust, are the perfect answer for pumpkin pie lovers. Mmmm! So happy to hear you had a lovely Thanksgiving, the first in your new home. :) Thanks for sharing, my friend!

  9. We don’t get maple syrup in India and when a friend sent me two bottles, I didn’t know what to do with it. Now seeing your post, I know how they are going to be used. The bars look gorgeous and sound so delicious.

  10. They look delicious. I know what you mean with chaos and your blog taking a back seat. My boyfriend and I are moving into our house this upcoming weekend and the past few weeks have been so unsettled and hectic. I’m now following your blog, it’s lovely and I can’t wait to take a look around :)

  11. Great way to improvise when you realized that you didn’t have your pie pan! I love graham cracker crust and I bet it tastes equally amazing as pie crust. I’m seriously obsessed with these pumpkin bars…my hubby and I are HUGE fans of pumpkin pie so these are right up our alley! Pinned. :)

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