Pumpkin Pie Bars

$5.63 recipe / $0.63 serving
by Marsha - Budget Bytes
4.70 from 13 votes
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The classic, irresistible flavor and taste of pumpkin pie, but in a more convenient, easy to share form…umm, yes I’m sold! These easy Pumpkin Pie Bars are rich, creamy, full of warm spices, and made with a buttery shortbread crust. It’s the perfect dessert to enjoy during the fall season at family gatherings, holiday parties, or any time during the week. The best part is you can cut these bars as big or as little as you want, to make your dollar stretch, and to make them the perfect size for sharing, because trust me…they’re worth the hype!

Side view of a pumpkin pie bar on a white plate with whipped cream on top.

What’s So Special About Pumpkin Pie Bars?

I’ll be honest, making a homemade pie crust for a traditional pumpkin pie can be a little intimidating. These pumpkin pie bars are made with a super easy, buttery, 4-ingredient shortbread crust. After testing this recipe, I fell in love with the light & airy texture of the crust combined with the smooth, custardy pie filling. One word…Heaven!

And with a traditional pie you typically get about 6-8 slices; not to mention the added pressure to cut the slices evenly 😳. But these pumpkin pie bars are unbelievably easy to cut into 9 squares or more and they’re very easy to serve. Basically, if you’re looking for a simple and stress-free dessert to make this season, it’s definitely going to be this one!

Ingredients For Pumpkin Pie Bars

Here are the ingredients you need to make this pumpkin pie bar recipe:

  • All-purpose flour, Butter & Powdered Sugar  –  These pumpkin pie bars are made with a quick and easy shortbread crust. It’s a simple combination of flour, butter, powdered sugar and salt. It has a crumbly, crisp texture with a buttery, semi-sweet flavor. It’s the perfect foundation for this luscious pumpkin pie filling!
  • Pumpkin Purée – Pumpkin purée is of course the star of the show! It gives these pie bars a beautiful color and rich flavor. And we tested these with both the Kroger store brand and the Libby’s brand. They were both equally delicious. So feel free to save some money in that area without sacrificing flavor!
  • Evaporated Milk – Evaporated milk gives this custard pie filling a rich and creamy texture.
  • Granulated Sugar – Granulated white sugar enhances the flavor of the pumpkin puree and provides extra sweetness to the pie filling.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – Pumpkin pie spice is a simple mix of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It gives these pie bars amazing flavor! Feel free to use store-bought or make your own!
  • Eggs – Eggs help the custard pie filling set.

Tips For Making Pumpkin Pie Bars!

  1. The shortbread crust mixture will look slightly crumbly at first, but will hold together nicely once pressed into the baking dish.
  2. The best way to tell when your pumpkin pie bars are done is to give the dish a little shake at around 50-55 minutes. The center should be mostly set and jiggle just slightly. If the center still looks too wet, then it needs more time to bake.
  3. When the bars are done baking, the top of the filling will be slightly puffed up. But don’t worry, it will settle back down as it cools.
  4. Make sure you allow the bars to cool at room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator to chill completely for at least one hour or more.
  5. And definitely allow the bars to chill and set completely before cutting.

Storing Leftovers

If you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, you can store them covered in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just make sure they are completely cool before refrigerating.

Overhead view of pumpkin pie bar squares on parchment paper.
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Pumpkin Pie Bars

4.70 from 13 votes
These easy Pumpkin Pie Bars are rich, creamy, full of warm spices, and made with a buttery shortbread crust. The perfect stress-free dessert to make this holiday season!
Side view of a pumpkin pie bar on a white plate with whipped cream on top.
Servings 9
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total 3 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.14)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar ($0.12)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened ($1.07)

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 1 15oz. can pumpkin purée ($2.19)
  • 1 12oz. can evaporated milk ($1.50)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar ($0.25)
  • 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice ($0.15)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ($0.18)
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl add the flour, powdered sugar, salt, and softened butter for the shortbread crust. Mix the ingredients together with a fork or spatula until they are well combined. The mixture should look slightly crumbly.
  • Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Press the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the dish in an even layer.
  • Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake the crust for 15 minutes or just until the crust is lightly golden.
  • While the crust is baking, begin to make the filling. In another large bowl add the pumpkin purée, evaporated milk, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and beaten eggs.
  • Blend with a hand mixer or whisk the pie filling ingredients together until smooth.
  • When the crust is finished baking, pour the pumpkin pie filling into the baking dish on top of the crust, then transfer it back to the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the filling is set and the center jiggles just slightly when you shake the baking dish.
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and allow the pie bars to cool for about 30 minutes, then transfer the dish to the refrigerator to chill completely for at least 2 hours.
  • Once the pumpkin pie bars are completely chilled, remove them from the baking dish and slice into 9 bars. Top with some fresh whipped cream (optional) and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1squareCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSodium: 290mgFiber: 0.4g
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Love pumpkin pie? Try our regular Pumpkin Pie or our Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie next!

Overhead view of a pumpkin pie bar being held up to the camera on it's cut side.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Bars – Step by Step Photos

Shortbread crust ingredients in a small white bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl add 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter for the shortbread crust. Mix the ingredients together with a fork or spatula until they are well combined. The mixture should look slightly crumbly.

Shortbread crust being pressed into a white baking dish.

Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Press the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the dish in an even layer. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake the crust for 15 minutes or just until the crust is lightly golden.

Pumpkin pie filling ingredients in a stainless steel bowl.

While the crust is baking, begin to make the pie filling. In another large bowl add 1-15oz. can of pumpkin purée, 1-12oz. can of evaporated milk, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 large beaten eggs. Blend with a hand mixer or whisk the pie filling ingredients together until smooth.

Pumpkin pie filling being poured on top of baked shortbread crust.

When the crust is finished baking, pour the pumpkin pie filling into the baking dish on top of the crust, then transfer it back to the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the filling is set and the center jiggles just slightly when you shake the baking dish.

Overhead view of baked pumpkin pie bars in white baking dish.

Remove the baking dish from the oven. The top of the pie filling will look slightly puffed when it comes out of the oven, but it will settle as it cools. Allow the pie bars to cool for about 30 minutes, then transfer the dish to the refrigerator to chill completely for at least 2 hours.

Overhead view of pumpkin pie bar squares on parchment paper.

Once the pumpkin pie bars are completely chilled, remove them from the baking dish and slice them into 9 bars.

Side view of a pumpkin pie bar on a white plate with whipped cream on top.

Top with some fresh whipped cream (optional) and enjoy!

Overhead view of pumpkin pie bars separated on parchment paper with whipped cream being added on top.
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    1. Unfortunately, we haven’t tested a dairy free option so I’d hate to give a firm yes or no. However, one reader did comment that they’ve made pumpkin pies in the past with canned coconut milk, and it worked beautifully! If you try it let us know!

  1. I made these for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! The crust is perfect for the pumpkin filling! Making these again for Christmas!

  2. I made these for Thanksgiving because a pie seemed like too much work, and I am never going back. I accidentally used a smaller pan, so the custard layer took almost two hours to cook and the bottom got a little harder than it probably should have, and they were still at least as good as any pumpkin pie I’ve ever eaten.

    I used a non-dairy butter in the shortbread, and in the custard I used evaporated oat milk, a little extra spice, and a splash of vanilla. A++, will make these again at every possible opportunity.

  3. These are awesome! I don’t know what else to say other than these were a huge hit with our family this Thanksgiving.

  4. Really easy and delicious. I prefer it to pumpkin pie!

    Only problem: The parchment prevented sticking to the pan, but in chilling it became wet, and tore when I tried to use it to lift the bars out of the pan. I may try lining first with aluminum foil, then parchment, next time to prevent this problem.

    It was beautiful, easy, and delicious. You should make it!

  5. These took forever to bake and taste like baby food. Had to send my husband out to the store to scramble together something for thanksgiving dessert :(

  6. This recipe is great! A nice alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. I followed the recipe without any substitutions and it was wonderful :) Thanks Marsha!

  7. These pumpkin bars are delicious…they’re even better a day or two later! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  8. I’m thinking of trying this recipe to make little tartlets in a mini muffin tin lined with paper liners. Do you think it would work? Anything I should do differently in the recipe?

    1. I’m not sure how the shortbread crust would work with that method, but we DO have a mini pumpkin pie recipe that is made in a muffin tin with a really simple crust that is kind of similar to shortbread and doesn’t need paper liners. It’s SO GOOD. Definitely check that one out!

  9. Do you think you could use the filling from the maple brown butter pie for these bars? I love that recipe but would also love to not make a traditional crust :)

  10. Can sweetened condensed milk be substituted for evaporated and the sugar & is this whole evaporated milk or would evaporated skim milk work maybe with some added milkfat butter?? That’s what I have.
    I love your recipes Marsha. Thank you.

    1. Whole evaporated milk is definitely going to give the best flavor and texture for the pie. We haven’t tested using skim + butter to know how differently that would turn out compared to the whole milk, or evaporated milk + sugar, unfortunately.

  11. Hello…is there a dairy free option? I love pumpkin pie but the milk doesn’t love me (and I’m sure I would eat more than I should and regret it later).

    1. Unfortunately, we haven’t tested a dairy free option. This recipe relies heavily on dairy, so swapping out the dairy ingredients would require substantial changes.

      1. Hi, I’ve made pumpkin pies in the past with canned coconut milk, and it worked beautifully!

    1. I don’t suggest using regular milk because the water content is so much higher than evaporated milk and that will affect the custard’s texture.