Looking for a pumpkin pie alternative for Thanksgiving? These Pumpkin Pecan Bars are bite sized treats that combine the deliciousness of pumpkin pie and pecan pie into one unforgettable bar.
This year, for the first time in years, our Thanksgiving celebration will include a big dessert spread. That’s not to say that we don’t usually have dessert — we do. However, over the last several years dessert has been a communal affair that brought several family celebrations until one roof. But since our cousins aren’t hosting Thanksgiving for their part of the family this year, dessert will follow dinner at my house.
I am a little excited about that. Mostly because it means I have an excuse to add a little baking to my holiday repertoire. In fact, I am debating about having a dessert cook-off of sorts, where everyone contributes a dessert and we vote on the best.
Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition among family, right?
These Pumpkin Pecan Bars? They are practically a sure thing for Thanksgiving dessert this year since they bring flavors of traditional desserts into one flavorful bar.
These begin with a buttery three-ingredient base. You mix up the base in a food processor and then press it into a pan to prebake — which sets the base. Next up comes that thick, delicious layer of pumpkin and pecan. It’s sweet and rich and oh so ready to bake into an amazing topping.
These bars are somewhere between pie and cookie, and combine the flavors of pumpkin pie and pecan pie into one rich, buttery bar. It’s like the best of all worlds … and they are so easy to make that whipping these up is a total stress-free experience.
Don’t you just want to dig right in?