Welcome all things fall and whip up a batch of pumpkin pie bars!

Pumpkin puree is mixed with sugar and spice, then baked in a buttery shortbread crust.

The result? A delightful dessert that you’ll crave on repeat!

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A Fall Favorite

  • This easy recipe tastes like pumpkin pie and packed with sweet spiced pumpkin flavor!
  • Make them ahead, these pumpkin pie bars have simple ingredients and are perfect for making ahead of time.
  • Easy serving! Cut into squares any size you need to serve a few or serve a crowd.
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Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Bars

Crust – The buttery richness of a shortbread crust balances out the sweet and savory flavor of the pie filling. Use a ready-made pie crust or make your own graham cracker crust to switch it up!

Pumpkin – Use canned pumpkin, be sure to choose pumpkin puree and not pumpkin filling (which is already seasoned and contains milk and sugar).

Filling Eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice are all you need to make this recipe come together. Easy peasy!

Variations – Mix in a tablespoon of maple syrup in Step 4 for a deeper flavor. Dried cranberries or toasted chopped walnuts can also be folded into the batter after the evaporated milk is poured in Step 5.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Bars

  1. Prepare and bake shortbread crust (per the recipe below).
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients (except evaporated milk) in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the evaporated milk and pour the filling into the crust.
  4. Bake until the center of the pumpkin pie bars is set.
  5. Cool completely and refrigerate before serving with whipped cream.
slices of Pumpkin Pie Bars with whipped cream topping

A few squirts of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup turn pumpkin pie bars into a decadent dessert. Candied pecans or homemade granola also make tasty and crunchy toppers for pumpkin pie bars!

Keeping Pumpkin Bars Fresh

Keep leftover pumpkin pie bars covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy them cold or heat them up in the microwave!

Squares can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 3 months. Frozen bars will thaw by lunchtime so stick them directly in your lunchbag!

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Pumpkin Pie Bars

Treat yourself to these decadent pumpkin pie bars with a blend of creamy cheesecake-like filling and the cozy taste of pumpkin!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12


Shortbread Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Pumpkin Layer

  • 29 ounces pumpkin puree 1 can
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 ounces evaporated milk 2 cans
  • whipped cream or whipped topping for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13" pan with parchment paper or grease lightly.
  • Combine shortbread crust ingredients with a mixer or pastry cutter until the crumbs start to stick together. Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Leave the oven on.
  • In a large bowl combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt.
  • Stir in the evaporated milk. Pour into warm crust.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the center is set and no longer jiggly. Cool completely.
  • Once cooled, refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Serve topped with whipped cream.


This recipe makes 12 generous 3″ x 2.5″ pieces but can be cut into smaller pieces to accommodate a larger crowd.
4.90 from 29 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 469 | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 11351IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. Hi I haven’t made this dish yet but was curious if by butter you meant unsalted or salted butter; also by brown sugar did you use dark or light?5 stars

    1. Hi Daniel, we use unsalted butter and light brown sugar in this recipe :) Let us know how it turns out if you decide to try it!

  2. These were divine! Exactly what I was looking for / needing. I can’t stand crust on a traditional pie. But this shortbread crust was exactly what I never knew existed! Thank you, thank you for revolutionizing a pie I once despised!5 stars

  3. Just made this recipe. It’s in the oven cooking right now so can’t comment on taste yet, but just a warning to others; as I poured the filling onto the crust some of it broke apart. Maybe I poured it in too soon or I poured in too fast?? Or maybe the crust was not in the oven long enough?? Not sure how it happened but just wanted others to know. It was a very easy to make! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  4. This looks great for our family Thanksgiving! I think I would like finely chopped pecans in the shortbread crust. Do you think I should offset the flour by the amount of pecans used to keep the texture right?

    1. I have never tried that, but it sounds delicious. I would love to hear how it turned out for you, Shannon!

    1. Evaporated milk is a bit thicker than whole milk so I can’t say for sure how it would work. I haven’t tried half and half either but I think it would be a closer consistency. If you do try either, I’d love to hear how it works for you!