Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bars with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Makes: one 9x13 inch pan

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

-for the crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

-for the pumpkin layer

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 

-for the pecan layer

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

-for the bourbon vanilla whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with foil leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.  Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, oats, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt until well combined.  Press firmly into the bottom of the baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the pumpkin filling.  Combine all ingredients for the pumpkin filling in a small bowl (preferably the one you used for the crust to create less dishes!) and mix until everything is smooth and well combined.
  4. Remove crust from oven and pour pumpkin filling evenly over golden crust.  Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. While the pumpkin layer is baking, prepare the pecan layer by combining 1 stick melted butter, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup honey, 2 tablespoons heavy cream, and 2 cups chopped pecans.  Once the pumpkin layer is somewhat set (but still a bit jiggly) remove pan from oven and top pumpkin layer with pecan layer.  Return to the oven and bake another 20-25 minutes until completely set.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  7. In a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat heavy cream until soft peaks begin to form.  Add sugar and beat until hard peaks form.  Fold in bourbon and the insides of one vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon extract.
  8. Cut into squares and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.