Pumpkin Spice Crumb Bars

By Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Real Pumpkin filling flavored with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices are nestled between buttery crumb crusts for a treat for any pumpkin lover! 



Prep time: 10 min.,

Cook time: 45 min.,

Total time: 55 min.


Yield: 9 servings



Ingredients:


1 ½ cups pure pumpkin puree


½ cup brown sugar, packed


½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract


1-2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice


1 ½ cups all purpose flour


½ cup granulated sugar


½ tsp. Kosher salt


½ tsp. Baking powder


1 large egg, lightly beaten


½ cup Unsalted butter, cubed, COLD


Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)



Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8” x 8” baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper that overlaps two sides (for easy removal)
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  3. In a large food processor, add the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and baking powder. Pulse a few times to mix. With food processor running, drizzle in egg and process until incorporated into the flour. (Mixture will look dry)
  4. Add in COLD, cubed butter. Pulse several times to cut in butter until butter is around the size of peas
  5. Pat half the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Carefully spread the pumpkin mixture on top of the crust. Top the pumpkin mixture with the remaining crust mixture and press down slightly.
  6. Bake in oven for 40-45 min or until crust is browned.
  7. Cool completely. Cut into 9 pieces. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
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