Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

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Pumpkin Crumb Bars

I’ve noticed that my fellow bloggers are moving on to peppermint. That means Christmas, right? No more pumpkin? But it’s not Thanksgiving yet!

And I might also take this moment to reveal that I hate mint. Put down that pitchfork! Sorry, but it reminds me of toothpaste. I can’t associate toothpaste with dessert. I’ve tried. I’ve failed. It’s over.

So will you see any mint recipes on this blog? Maybe. I can put aside my personal feelings and bake with mint every now and then. But I won’t be jumping on that holiday peppermint bandwagon. It’s just not who I am.

Pumpkin Crumb Bars

These days, my thoughts are distracted with pie. What kinds of pie will grace our Thanksgiving table this year? I have some great choices coming, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I wanted to merge two of my favorite desserts: pumpkin pie and crumb bars!

Pumpkin Crumb Bars

I’m a sucker for crumb anything. Something about crumbs, man. I have no idea. I just cannot resist it. Similarly, pumpkin pie has a completely addictive quality. I tell myself that it’ll be one slice, and that turns into half a pie. It’s that good.

Pumpkin Crumb Bars

What could be better than doing a mashup? Nothing, ever. Which is why I’ve taken my favorite crumb bar base and added a classic pumpkin pie filling to serve as the center. The outcome is crazy. Crazy addictive!

Pumpkin Crumb Bars

While I do admit that this takes both a mixer and a separate bowl for the filling, it’s not a horribly long time investment. Besides, a lot of life’s best desserts do take a little extra time. I’m sorry that I’m still stuck on pumpkin, but we’re still in prime pie season. Take time to smell the autumn flowers before rushing into winter with its cool mint!


Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars


1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 egg
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/3 cup evaporated milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the dry ingredients by hand briefly. Then put the bowl on the mixer base and put the butter and egg in the bowl. Beat for 1-2 minutes until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  3. Press half of the mixture into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. While the crust is baking, prepare the pumpkin pie filling. Combine the sugars, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and stir until blended. Mix in the pumpkin and the evaporated milk, stirring until smooth.
  5. Pour the pumpkin pie filling over the crust. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and crumble on the remaining topping. Return to the oven for 30 minutes until golden and set.
  7. Cool completely and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’m not quite ready for the peppermint recipes either, though I have started testing some recipes out! But in my mind, it’s still full-blown pumpkin season! And these bars are just the dessert for it! I love the crumbly layer on top with classic pumpkin pie in the middle. Sounds delicious, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I’m trying to put my personal tastes aside to do at least one mint dessert, but it’s going to be a struggle! Happy weekend!

  2. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    hahaha mint and toothpaste! … I agree somewhat, sometimes mint desserts taste great! and sometimes your right, they do taste toothpaste or mouthwash like… I’m not sure why it’s not all the time for me though? maybe it has to do with what kind of desert it’s in? I’m not sure but anyways these bars look awesome! I love crumb topping too 😉 it looks so buttery with the perfect amount of crumble “crunch”! have a great weekend Mir!
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    1. Mir

      You’re probably right, because I have had mint desserts that were good. I think a lot has to do with how strong that flavor is. I’m not into super strong mint! Thanks, Michele!

  3. Mira

    I love pumpkin, mint-not so much! I like the chunky crumbs and the pumpkin layer in these bars! Simply delicious, worth the extra bowl for the filling 🙂
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    1. Mir

      We must be dessert soul mates, Mira! I just do not like mint. Oh well.
      Totally worth the extra bowl, my friend!

  4. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I don’t mind mint but too much of it, yes it does taste like toothpaste or some mouth wash. The bars on the other hand look delicious Mir, I love crumbs too!
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    1. Mir

      I think it’s easy to overdo the mint. But not crumbs, Manali! Never too many of those!

  5. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Haha, that’s hilarious that you think peppermint stuff tastes like toothpaste. Can’t agree with you, I love peppermint anything, especially if it also involves chocolate! But I also love these pumpkin pie bars, that crumb topping looks incredible! And pumpkin pie anything is amazing! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Well, to each her own, Stacey! At least we agree on the pumpkin pie scene.

  6. Mary Frances

    Amen! I’m not pulling out any mint or eggnog until after Thanksgiving. Pumpkin and crumble are always winners in my book! This definitely sounds addictive! Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for holding firm with me, Mary Frances! Keep the pumpkin rolling!

  7. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    I feel like I’m just now hitting my pumpkin-eating stride, so keep it up!
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    1. Mir

      Will do, Erin! Why rush it?

  8. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    I love finding different ways to enjoy pumpkin pie! This would be one of them!

    1. Mir

      It’s pie season, Julianne! I can’t wait to bake for Thanksgiving.

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