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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Pecan and Chiffon – Love This Pumpkin Dessert!

Looking for a pumpkin dessert recipe that will knock your socks off? These layered chiffon and pecan pumpkin pie bars are my new top dessert for the holidays!

Pumpkin chiffon and pecan pie bars - Love these pumpkin pie bars - the perfect blend of rich pumpkin and sweet whipped cream!

Fall means cool weather, brown leaves and pumpkins galore, and we’re super excited for it all! I am so ready for the holiday season, lots of food, family and laughs to be had. These are the moments I live for, there’s nothing better than spending time catching up with loved ones over a delicious dessert!

Pumpkin Chiffon and Pecan Pie Bars

I always cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I wanted to making something different this year. In college, I worked at a restaurant that made this pumpkin pie with a whipped pumpkin layer on top. It was my favorite seasonal pie, it wasn’t offered year-round so I couldn’t wait for them to start making it again. Well, I decided I would try to make something like it and came up with these amazing layered pumpkin pie bars. A layer of graham cracker pecan crust, then pumpkin pie, add a layer of chiffon and then the pecans. OH MAN.

The verdict: YES.

Pumpkin Pecan and Chiffon Pie Bars

Here’s the recipe. Make it. Eat it. LOVE IT.

Pumpkin Chiffon and Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 – 29 oz. can 100% pumpkin puree (I used Libby’s)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 – 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 – 8 oz. container frozen whipped topping (I used Cool Whip)

Ok, so there are 3 major steps to make these pumpkin pie bars. Make the crust, then the pumpkin pie layer, and then the chiffon layer on top. This is an easy recipe, it took me about an hour to make from start to finish, then I refrigerated overnight and I wanted to eat them ALL the next morning.

Pumpkin Chiffon and Pecan Pie Bars, Take a Bite

First make the graham cracker crust

Preheat your over to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the graham crackers, butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of pecans and mix well. Press the graham cracker crust mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Make the pumpkin pie layer

While your crust is baking, grab another large bowl and add the pumpkin puree, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix well and split in half, place one of the halves aside into the refrigerator. Add vanilla, eggs and evaporated milk, mix well, and pour into your graham cracker crust. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

How to make the pumpkin chiffon layer

Grab the other half pumpkin mixture from the refrigerator and stir in your whipped topping. Add this to the top of your baked pumpkin pie layer and spread evenly. Sprinkle your remaining cup of pecans over the top, slightly pressing them into the whipped topping. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight if possible, slice and serve!

Pumpkin Pecan & Chiffon Pie Bars Dessert - Love these pumpkin pie bars!
I love how these chiffon pumpkin pie bars turned out, my family thinks they are delicious! I cut mine into 12 bars, they were pretty big so you could always cut into 16 or 20 smaller bars and reduce the serving size. I will definitely be making them again for a Thanksgiving dessert. Try them at home, the chiffon topping gives a lighter pumpkin flavor, I think they are a good way to ease non-pumpkin eaters into trying a pumpkin dessert for the first time.

Here’s to Life, Love and the pursuit of PUMPKIN Desserts!

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