Pumpkin Pie Bars

It’s that time of year! Pumpkin Pie Time 🙂 Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I have the perfect recipe for you! Pumpkin Pie bars taste like pumpkin pie, but better. They are very moist, just like pie, but the crust on these is sooo good! Could you imagine the holidays without a pumpkin dessert?!

If you like pumpkin, these are a must! I have made these for years and they are always a crowd pleaser.

I got this recipe off the tasty kitchen back in 2011. I have made it every year since! Hats off to the person who came up with this delicious dessert.

This recipe can be soy free, dairy free and gluten free! It’s all in the cake mix! Choose a soy free mix or get the gluten free yellow cake mix! You can also substitute the milk and butter for non dairy options!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix, 18 Ounce Box, Reserve 1 Cup
  • ½ cups Melted Butter
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • FOR THE MIDDLE LAYER:
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ⅔ cups Evaporated Milk
  • ¼ cups White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 15 ounces, weight Canned Pumpkin
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 cup Reserved Cake Mix
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ cups White Sugar
  • ½ cups Melted Butter

Instructions

  • Mix together the first 3 ingredients (make sure to reserve 1 cup of the cake mix and set that aside) and press into a 9×13 ungreased pan.
  • Combine the eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and pour over the crust.
  • Lastly, mix together the topping ingredients: reserved cake mix, cinnamon, white sugar, and melted butter. Spoon over pumpkin filling.
  • Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes (it will be a bit soft still).
  • Serve with whipped topping, warm. OR even better, serve it the next day, cold!
I definitely prefer these cold! They are so delicious and make me so happy!

I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Pie Bars as much as I do! Follow me on Pinterest or right here on my blog for more recipe ideas!

Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes

I needed a simple dessert to take to a holiday party with adults and children. Cupcakes are simple, especially for a party. You can just grab one, they are already portion controlled and there is no cutting involved. They are kid friendly and adults love them too!

These cupcakes needed simple and different than your “ordinary” cupcake. I wanted them to be festive for the holidays and delicious of course! I came across a lot of different cinnamon cupcakes, but I really wanted a recipe that was easy. So I decided to just start with a box of cake mix and add some cinnamon, and that’s what I did! I can’t thank myself enough, because these simple cinnamon cupcakes were amazing!!

I used a box of yellow cake mix, and followed the instructions on the box. Additionally, I added two teaspoons of cinnamon and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. That was it! So simple and yet so very tasty. Not only did I make cinnamon cupcakes, I topped them with cinnamon buttercream. Now I know you might be thinking, “that’s too much cinnamon”…but it wasn’t, I swear they were sooooooo good! I do have to say these cupcakes would be great with regular buttercream or cream cheese frosting, but please try with the cinnamon buttercream first!!

If you really want to “wow” your guests, pipe on the frosting with a little swirl and put in a pastry box. You can buy the boxes at Joann fabrics, Walmart and Party City. I swear people are more impressed with the box I bring them in than the cupcakes themselves! Everyone at the party thought I bought them!

Side note – These cupcakes can be eaten for breakfast…….just sayin’

Here is the recipe for Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes

You can’t forget the cinnamon buttercream!

I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as I do! Be sure to follow Fun and Frosted for more easy and fun recipes!

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