Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust

These Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust are the delicious bites you need to make this Fall! Fifteen luscious, perfectly sweet, creamy, extra pumpkin-y, with just the perfect amount of pumpkin pie spice, and the easiest homemade shortbread cookie crust ever! Each slice is generously topped with the most delicious chantilly cream and finished with a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice.. These bars are so easy to make with only a handful of easy Fall pantry staple ingredients. Enjoy these delicious treats at room temperature for the ultimate Fall treat!

twelve pumpkin pie bars on parchment paper with whole spices, plates, and milk glass

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About The Recipe

With Fall fast approaching, there’s no better time to bake these pumpkin pie bars! They’re so easy and absolutely delicious.

I’m actually the only one in my family who truly enjoys pumpkin.. So, I asked my mom to make these to kick off the start of September. They were actually an instant hit in our household and around our neighborhood!

They are creamy, perfectly sweet, with just the right hint of pumpkin spice.

overhead shot of twelve pumpkin bars with five of them having whipped cream on top and whole spices around

It’s like the ultimate pumpkin pie…but SO much better. These bars are definitely the perfect treat to share with your friends and family during the holiday’s!

Equipment Needed

  • Mixer
  • 8×12 Inch Pan
  • Cooking Spray

Ingredients

For The Shortbread Crust:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Vanilla
flour, butter, sugar, and vanilla on a marble counter

For The Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Heavy Cream
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vanilla
brown sugar, eggs, saly, spice, vanilla, heavy cream, and pumpkin puree on a marble counter

For The Chantilly Cream:

  • Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar
heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar on marble counter

Instructions

In a mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until the mixture is light and fluffy. About 3 minutes.

Add in the flour a little at a time until it’s thoroughly combined.

Place the shortbread dough in a greased pan, pressing down until the dough is level. Bake at 300 for 20 minutes.

While the shortbread is baking, mix together all the ingredients for the filling.

Pour the pumpkin filling over the crust.

Bake for at least an hour or until the filling is set. Take out of the oven and let cool. Slice into 15 squares and use a cookie spatula to take each square out of the pan.

Whip the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl until medium-stiff peaks form.

Spread or pipe chantilly cream over the bars, dust with pumpkin pie spice, and serve!

What To Serve With These Bars…

There is nothing better than delicious fall flavors, but when you add just a few extra bits… They become even more irresistible! Enjoy these bars with the recipes down below for the ultimate treat.

How To Store

You can easily store these bars in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for about 3-5 days. If you would like, and if there isn’t any chantilly cream on them, you can actually set them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them back up!

pumpkin bar with whipped cream, star anise, and a bite missing

Expert Tips

  • Make sure you have canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling!
  • Try and get the shortbread as even as you can!
  • The pumpkin in a little hard to tell when it’s set. You can shake it slightly or use a knife/cake tester to see if it’s done.
  • Let it cool completely before cutting!

When you make these Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust, leave a comment down below and/or give this recipe a rating! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

twelve pumpkin pie bars on parchment paper with whole spices, plates, and milk glass

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust

Traci
Creamy, luscious, and SO GOOD. These Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust are definitely the only thing you want to bake this Fall!
4.8 from 39 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 415 kcal

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ⅜ cups salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

Filling

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Chantilly Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray an 8"x12" pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  • Mix in flour, a little at a time.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Press cookie mixture evenly in bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Set aside.

Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, heavy cream, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Using a whisk, mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour over cookie crust.
  • Return to oven and bake for 55-60 minutes, until set completely.

Chantilly Cream:

  • In a medium bowl, combine heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
  • Beat at medium high speed with an electric mixer until medium-stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

Notes

Expert Tips:
  • Try and get the shortbread as even as you can!
  • The pumpkin in a little hard to tell when it’s set. You can shake it slightly or use a knife/cake tester to see if it’s done.
  • Let it cool completely before cutting!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 5939IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

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20 Comments

  1. Just so you all know – 21 tablespoons of butter is actually an easier measure of 1 1/4c + 1 tbsp of butter. So save yourself the counting and do it the easy way!

  2. ok so I started making this. in one spot your recipe said one can of pumpkin. The nest time I looked it up it said two cans pumpkin. Back to the store. Maybe you meant two 15 oz cans or one large can?

    1. Hi Emily! It technically should work, but we’ve never tried it. It’ll change the flavor of the crust. So, please let us know how it works! Xo, Caylie

  3. Baked these for our Thanksgiving dessert! They were delicious, and a total hit with everyone! Thank you for sharing! 🥰

    1. Hi Jessie! I’m so glad to hear you and everyone else liked these bars just as much as we do! They’re one of my favorite desserts for Thanksgiving. Thank you for baking them! Happy Thanksgiving 😋 Xo, Caylie

  4. 5 stars
    Just made these ahead Of time for Our thAnksgiving meal, (& had to taste tesT prior, of course) theyre sooo good! Hiping they make it To actual thanksgiving, they may be gone before then!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was so simple and absolutely delicious! Wow! Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed by the whole family 🤙🏽

    1. Hi Leah! We’re SO glad to hear you and your family loved this recipe! It’s one of our favorites for the Fall season. I hope you make it again soon! Xo, Caylie

  6. You really messed me up with your cut into 9 squares. And the picture is 15 lol. Guess we’ll have seconds for dessert

    1. Hi! I just saw in the post what you were referencing! This post is a bit older and has been updated a few times. I missed updating the amount in the written post, but it’s all fixed! This recipe makes fifteen bars. Sorry for the error! Hope you make this delicious recipe and love it just as much as we do. Thanks! Xo, Caylie

  7. I made these and they are delicious. I really like my pumpkin pie spicy so I added an extra teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Other than that I followed the recipes to the tee. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Oh and it’s almost Halloween so I made 2 whip cream ghosts. BOO!👻