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Praline Pumpkin Pie Bars

Praline Pumpkin Pie Bars are a three layer dessert that have all the elements of traditional pumpkin pie with an added brown sugar praline crunch on top. This recipe is straight from Grandma's wooden recipe box.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Praline Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin Pie Squares
Servings: 12
Author: Barbara


Bottom Layer

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Middle Layer

  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger or nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Top Layer

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Using your hands (or mixer), combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter until crumbly; press into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish. Bake for 15 mins.
  • Combine and beat well the following: pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg (or ginger), cinnamon, and cloves. Pour over hot crust, and return to oven for an additional 20 minutes.
  • With your hands, combine nuts, brown sugar and softened butter. Sprinkle over filling and return to the oven for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until set.
  • Cool in pan, and cut into bars or squares. Serve with whipped cream or Cool Whip.


  • Be sure to use canned pumpkin not canned pumpkin pie. There is a big difference.
  • To lighten up the recipe, try fat free evaporated milk.  
  • Swap ground ginger with ground nutmeg if desired.
  • Chopped pecans or chopped walnuts can be used for the praline topping. 
  • This easy pumpkin pie bar recipe uses a 3 step cooking process; each layer is baked before the next layer is added and then returned to the oven.