Monday, September 12, 2011

Im Back!!! Pumpkin Crumble Bars

Wow it has been WAY TOO LONG!  I have totally fallen off the blogging bandwagon and I have missed it SO much!!!  So much has happened in the past couple of weeks.  We moved into our new apartment that we will be in for the next year till we move home to Utah for good :)!  

Also, we found out that we will be expecting another little one in May and we couldn't be more excited!!!!  I'm just hoping that I don't get sick with this one, cause I couldn't cook a thing for months when I was pregnant with Lily!  Everything except for chocolate milk, apple juice, and cheese made me sick!!! Plus, even blogger has changed since I've blogged last :)

So since it is September and pretty much starting to be fall everywhere except here in Houston :), I decided to make one of my VERY favorite desserts, Pumpkin Crumble Bars.  I could eat these babies in the middle of the summer they are so good!  I am totally one of those people though that don't feel that it has to be a certain holiday or time of year to enjoy good food.  If you like it then make it whenever you feel like it if you have access to all of the ingredients!

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter (divided)
1 (16 oz) can pure pumpkin (Not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon for topping
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to *350.  Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

Measure 2 cups of the cake mix and 3 Tbsp. of chilled butter into a bowl and using a pastry blender (or a fork) cut in the butter to the cake mix till it becomes a crumbly mixture.  Press firmly into the 9x13 baking dish.

Next, mix together the spices, eggs, milk, and pumpkin until well incorporated.  Pour over the crust.  

Next using a measuring cup, measure cup by cup, the remaining cake mix into a bowl.  For every remaining cup of cake mix, you will use 3 Tbsp. of melted butter to pour over the top to make it crumbly when it bakes.  (I had about 1-3/4 cups remaining cake mix so I used a total of 5 Tbsp. of butter, the rest of the stick)  Add the 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the cake mix and stir till well mixed.  If using nuts, add the nuts also.  

Sprinkle the mix over the pumpkin.  Melt the butter and pour over the top of the mix and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream.  Enjoy!!!

(recipe source: Our Best Bites)


  1. Congrats on the new addition to your family!!!!! That is so exciting :) I know how you feel. I have barely blogged at all in the past month, I feel so lazy! But I am so glad you are back!!!

    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks

  2. Okay,
    1. OMG CONGRATS!!!! I'm so excited for you guys!! And Lily to be a big sis, wow!!
    2. I'm so glad you're back, I've missed you :)
    3. I have a recipe like this, we call the "Dump Cake", which sounds totally unappetizing, but it's pillowy pockets of pumpkin in your mouth - heavenly. I'll have to make this and compare ;) Look delightful. I'm so ready for fall!!
    ~Megan @ Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

  3. woah. I totally want one of these for breakfast today. So glad you're back to blogging!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS Mur!!!! I am so so happy for you!!! How exciting! Glad to see you back in blogland! : ) I also have a recipe very similar to this but it's in cake form! Its so good! Im gonna post it soon!

  5. Gosh, they sound lovely... will try them out soon.

  6. Yum! I had forgot about these beauties can't wait to whip some up! I made the best salad tonight need to give you the recipe it's a pasta my whole family loved it, its good and easy :)

  7. Yay!!!!! I'm so excited for you! Having a baby in May is wonderful! You'll love it!

  8. ahhh! congrats! i am freaking out! wohoo!

  9. congrats Muriel!!!! how exciting!!! glad to see your these little pumpkin bars you got here!

  10. Congratulations!!! That is wonderful news! Here's hoping that you won't be nearly so sick this time around and that you'll still be happily able to cook!

  11. Congrats Muriel!! That's great! Hope you're feeling okay!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is so exciting..... BTW... I made the Tortelinni Soup and I LOVE it! Thanks girl and congrats again!


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