Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars

These pumpkin pie cake bars are like two desserts in one. Cake like bottom topped with a moist pumpkin pie top sprinkled with powdered sugar. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

These pumpkin pie cake bars are like two desserts in one. Cake like bottom topped with a moist pumpkin pie top sprinkled with powdered sugar. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

As I type this I’m sitting in Gina’s living room drinking wine and watching Save the Last Dance.

Good lord I love this movie. Before tonight I had not seen it since high school. I always wanted to come into a club and dance around the haters. But, in reality I really dance Uncle Buck. You know the scene – where John Candy is dancing around with the neighbor. He is holding out his arms and just sorta shuffling from side to side.

Yeah, that’s me.

I will never pop into a club and be able to get down (and actually look cool) to a Ice Cube song. But I will play said Ice Cube song on repeat and pretend to dance amazingly in my living room. With the shades closed. Obvi.

These pumpkin pie cake bars are like two desserts in one. Cake like bottom topped with a moist pumpkin pie top sprinkled with powdered sugar. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Oh and did you remember Kerry Washington was in this movie? It dawned on me right before we started to watch. She goes from teen mom/dancing enthusiast to Olivia Pope extraordinaire.

How is that for a change.

These pumpkin pie cake bars are like two desserts in one. Cake like bottom topped with a moist pumpkin pie top sprinkled with powdered sugar. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

So what does a pair of 32 year old girls do while drinking wine and watching movies that were popular during our high school years? Eat, obvi #thisis32.

I brought over some of these pie bars because my husband happens to be out of town and I knew that if I left them at home I would just sit and eat them by myself. Real life yo.

These bars are pretty unique since they combine a bit of a cakey bottom mixed with a pie texture top. It’s the perfect combination of fall flavor for your face.


Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars

These pumpkin pie cake bars are like two desserts in one. Cake like bottom topped with a moist pumpkin pie top sprinkled with powdered sugar. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Yield: 8x8 pan

Prep Time: 20 minutes1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


For crust:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons browned butter

For filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 4 tablespoons browned butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper.

For crust:
In the bowl of a mixer add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Give it a little mix to combine.

Add in vanilla bean paste, egg and browned butter. Mix until the dough sticks together and can be pressed together. When you first start mixing it will be very crumbly looking. Just keep mixing and it will come together.

Take dough and press into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

Rinse out mixer bowl to use for the filling.

For filling:

In your mixer bowl add cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Mix until smooth and combine, about 1 minute.

Add in eggs, vanilla bean paste and browned butter. Mix until combined.

Finally, mix in dark brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

When the mixture is smooth and combined pour into the pan with the crust.

Bake for about 1 hour until the center is just slightly jiggly.

Let cool until room temperature, cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

43 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 27, 2014 at 5:32 am

    I NEED to watch that movie again. It’s been waaaaaaay too long! And speaking of Julia Stiles, “!0 Things I Hate About You” is now on my “to watch” list. Also, these bars sound like the perfect pairing with a fun movie! xx

  2. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I wish I lived closer. I totally would’ve crashed 😉 You guys are too funny. And these bars are amazing!

  3. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Ummm, that sounds like the most perfect girl time EVA!
    And pumpkin AND cake? This is compl-eating my life! Pinned!

  4. #
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — October 27, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Oh My Goodness! I have not thought of Uncle Buck in forever. I loved that movie, and I am sure you DO NOT dance like him. Though that did give me a chuckle. This cake bar pie whatever you call it creation is so amazing.

  5. #
    Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box — October 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Oh I love that movie! I need to see it again, it’s been a long time. These bars look delicious!

  6. #
    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — October 27, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Whoa, that movie takes me back! I have no dancing skills whatsoever so I just live through her. But I have these pumpkin bars to comfort me. I think I win in the end!

  7. #
    Sherrie | With Food + Love — October 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

    These look AHHH-mazing Brandy!! I will be recreating these GF style ASAP. And I just love, love that first image. {{pinning}}. xo sherrie

  8. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Your posts are always fun to read. Real life, yo! Too great!
    I’m not a huge pumpkin dessert fan but these do look pretty tempting.

  9. #
    Marla Meridith — October 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Yes please!! I want these now ~ pinned!

  10. #
    Heather // girlichef — October 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

    dancing + pie + cake = what more can a girl ask for!?

  11. #
    sue/the view from great island — October 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Gotta share these, they’re calling to me!

  12. #
    Cookin Canuck — October 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Yeah, I’m a “dance around in my house with blinds closed” kind of gal, too. Hey, at least we can get down and boogie in the privacy of our own homes.

    These bars look positively addictive!

  13. #
    Martha@A Family Feast — October 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Who needs dancing to look cool when you can show up for a party with a plate of these amazing bars? THAT is cool in my book…. 😉 These look delicious!

  14. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I love that you and Gina are hanging out and watching movies together. . and Save the Last Dance? how fun is that?! I love that movie!! and dude, this pumpkin pie CAKE?!!! I love this so much!

  15. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — October 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I like the cakey bottom and pie-like top! What a great combo. I would eat these all myself, too 🙂

  16. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I swear that I had a dream about these last night! Oh my word, yum!

  17. #
    Serene @ House of Yumm — October 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Ok, I would watch Save the Last Dance all the time! I haven’t seen it in a while though. I’m thinking a batch of these and popping in that movie sounds like the perfect way to spend my Monday afternoon!

  18. #
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — October 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    So now I want to watch Uncle Buck and eat 3 of these bars! Thanks 😉

  19. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    You seriously killed it with these cake bars. I thought I was over pumpkin but I guess I’m not.

  20. #
    christine — October 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    cake/pie/pumpkin?! The only question I have is how do I get a piece of this delivered?!

  21. #
    Melanie — October 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Holy moly this looks yummy. This just might make my Thanksgiving dessert table!

  22. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Can we just be real life friends? Because the Uncle Buck reference has me rolling! (And yeah, that might be me, too). You bring these, I’ll bring cocktails.

  23. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — October 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I’m so jealous you to live so close to each other to hang out and have wine and watch movies!!! How fun!!

  24. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — October 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    OMG Save the Last Dance… I used to be obsessed with that movie but I haven’t seen it in years. So fun!

  25. #
    Ginny McMeans — October 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Half cake and half pie bars with wine on the side. Okay, move over. I love movies night too!

  26. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I wish that was how I spent my night, too!! That’s my kinda party!!

  27. #
    Joanne — October 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    OMG LOOOVVEEE that movie. I always watch it when it’s on.

    I also love pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake….so obviously I need these. I wouldn’t be able to be trusted around them…but I still need them.

  28. #
    Aggie — October 28, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I love Save The Last Dance! These bars look great!

  29. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Hahaha! You just described my dancing! No way could I go dancing in public with these moves. Now sitting eating pie bars and watching old movies…yes, please! That sounds like the perfect Friday night plan!

  30. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — October 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

    What a fun night! I am completely obsessed with these bars right now! They look amazing!

  31. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    These look amazing! And I’m totally jealous that you have a food blogger friend close to you!

  32. #
    Catalina @ Shades of Pink — October 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Love how dense, crumbly and soft these look.

  33. #
    Lynn Lovejoy at Order in the Kitchen — October 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Brandy girl these look SO good!!! Also, sad because I want to be your food blogging friend IRL too 🙂

  34. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — October 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Sounds so fun! I sing and dance like nobodies business when it’s just me and the kittie. And these bars…There is nothing that I don’t like about these yummies!

  35. #
    Kim Beaulieu — October 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I love that you watch old movies and eat pie bars. It makes me feel more normal. Although I tend to watch The Walking Dead constantly. I need an intervention. Maybe a batch of these will help keep me occupied until that happens.

  36. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — October 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Love watching old movies…and if I had these pumpkin pie cake bars to enjoy it would be all the better!!! Yum!

  37. #
    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — October 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I dance with the blinds wide open…I’ve reached the age where I just don’t care anymore. My neighbors think I’m insane but I bet I could change their minds if I made them some of these cake bars. Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars that look like you could use to rob a bank. Holy cow these look amazing!

  38. #
    Amanda@TheKitcheneer — October 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    These pumpkin pie cake bars are genius! I don’t blame you for sharing! I would eat them all too!

  39. #
    Samantha — October 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Okay that second pic (as well as all of them, but especially the second!) is lovely! It has this dreamy quality to it and I love that green mug. Plus, the recipe sounds amazing. You’re so cool.

  40. #
    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — October 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Pumpkin pie cake bars would be a super hit in my home. Your photo is gorgeous and so creative, too!

  41. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — October 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Yup, great movie. I’m all about dancing when no one is looking. These bars look amazing–so moist! Pinned.


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