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Pumpkin Pie Shortbread Bars

These Pumpkin Pie Shortbread Bars are made with a creamy cheesy pumpkin pie filling baked on top of a buttery shortbread crust. They are the perfect dessert for when you’re craving a little bit of pumpkin pie but don’t want to bake the whole pie.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert, Pastries
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 squares
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 pinch kosher salt
  • 4 oz unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 4 oz cream cheese - softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 big pinch kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Instructions

Make the crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Brush the bottom and sides of an 8”x8” square baking pan with melted butter, line the pan with a long strip of parchment paper and let the excess hang over the side. Brush the parchment paper with butter as well and add another long strip of parchment paper crosswise. Brush with melted butter again.
  • In a small bowl, add flour and salt, and thoroughly combine with a whisk.
  • In the stand mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract with a paddle attachment until light in color.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix on low until a dough ball forms.
  • Dump the dough into the previously prepared baking pan and press it into an even layer.
  • Bake the crust for 20 minutes until lightly brown.
  • Let cool on a wire rack while you prepare the pumpkin pie filling. Leave the oven on.

Prepare pumpkin pie filling

  • In the stand mixer bowl, cream the cream cheese and dark brown sugar until creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and beat to mix.
  • In another bowl, beat together eggs, pumpkin puree, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the pumpkin mixture to the cream cheese mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • Pour the mixture over the crust and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until the filling is set.
  • Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

Nutrition

Serving: 97g | Calories: 282kcal