[Horror October] Recipe Challenge

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Recipe Mini Challenge

I’m glad I did a recipe challenge this year, because I’ve been wanting to try some new pumpkin recipes for years! I found this recipe for pumpkin crumb bars from The Brown Eyed Baker and they sounded amazing so I decided to give them a try!

How did they turn out?

The verdict:

DELICIOUS. Would 100% try them again!

Pumpkin Crumb Bar Recipe

Recipe credit goes to The Brown Eyed Baker

For the Oatmeal Crumb:

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups quick oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups canned pumpkin
  • ⅓ cup evaporated milk


  1. Make the Oatmeal Crumb: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and adjust oven racks to center and upper-middle positions. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing excess to hang over the sides; set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda and salt to combine. Add both the granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix until no clumps remain. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract, then stir with a fork until the mixture is evenly moistened. Press half of the mixture into the prepared pan and bake on the center rack for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the Pumpkin Pie Filling: Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Finally, whisk in the pumpkin, and then the evaporated milk until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.
  4. When the crust has finished baking, pour the pumpkin pie filling over the bottom crust and return it to the center rack of the oven for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven, pinch the remaining oatmeal crumb mixture into small pieces and sprinkle over the top of the pumpkin pie filling. Return the pan to the oven, placing it on the upper-middle rack, and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until it is golden on top and the center only jiggles slightly.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature, at least 1 to 2 hours. Then, transfer the pan to the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into squares and serve. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Jessi’s tip: Serve warm with Cool Whip. Yum!!

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Jessi (Geo)

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