Pumpkin Butter Bars

pumpkin butter bar recipeWhen I was in high school, I worked in an ice cream and candy shop. During the holidays we made hundreds and hundreds of gift baskets and cookie trays that went out during the Christmas holiday. One doctor did something that I really thought was smart and thoughtful. Instead of sending out his gifts during Christmas, he sent them a few days before Thanksgiving. He thanked the recipients for their service and for sending business his way. I cannot think of a better time to show gratitude and thankfulness than Thanksgiving. The smart part was that no one else sent gifts at that time. His gift stood out even more because it was during a time when gifts are not usually given. I remember this all these years later, and have decided that it is a great time to recognize my children’s teachers. I am thankful and grateful for them and all that they do for my children and our family.

A few weeks ago I went to my Nonnie’s house and when I walked in she handed me a stack of recipes that I needed to make for her. She was having a get together at her house and I was happy to help her out. I should mention that she does not really eat desserts, and I cannot remember a time that she ever made a big deal out of eating something sweet. All day long she kept coming into the kitchen asking me if I had made the pumpkin butter bars yet. The recipe she gave me came from a handout she got in a Williams-Sonoma and subsequently lost quite a few years ago. She went to great lengths to track this recipe down. Her copy has lots of drips and blobs on it and written in the corner, “very good”. She buys a few jars of this pumpkin butter every year in anticipation of making these bars. The recipe calls for the pumpkin butter that they sell in the store, but you can use whichever kind you like, a little shy of two cups. She was right, these were worth being excited about and were the first thing on the buffet table to go.

I had these adorable labels made from Pinhole Press. I used a simple iPhone photo of the kids, a short message, and 5 minutes later, I had a really personal gift tag. I made the pumpkin butter bars, and gave each teacher about half of the recipe. I want them to be able to serve them at Thanksgiving if they want, so I wanted to give a generous sized portion. I lined the inside of the box with parchment paper, added the bars, closed the box, and added my label. So easy, so cute, and not expensive at all. You can even order them with boxes – one stop shopping.

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pumpkin butter bar recipe

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup melted butter
3 eggs
1 (13.5-ounce) jar pumpkin butter (I used the William-Sonoma brand)
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons cold butter

pumpkin butter bar recipeReserve one cup of the cake mix in a small bowl. Mix together remaining cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg.

pumpkin butter bar recipePress into the bottom of a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Mix together pumpkin butter, milk, and 2 eggs.

pumpkin butter bar recipePour over the crust.

pumpkin butter bar recipeAdd the flour, sugar, and butter to the reserved cake mix.

pumpkin butter bar recipeUse a fork or pastry cutter to cut the butter until it resembles small peas.

pumpkin butter bar recipeSprinkle over the pumpkin butter layer.

pumpkin butter bar recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

pumpkin butter bar recipeHow cute are these labels?

pumpkin butter bar recipeLine the box with parchment paper and add the cooled bars.

pumpkin butter bar recipeClose the box and add the label to close.

pumpkin butter bar recipe

Pumpkin Butter Bars

Pumpkin Butter Bars

Yield: makes 18

Pumpkin Butter Bars - My grandmother gave me this recipe and I love it so much. Buy a few jars of pumpkin butter for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) jar pumpkin butter (I used the William-Sonoma brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter

Instructions

  1. Reserve one cup of the cake mix in a small bowl. Mix together remaining cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together pumpkin butter, milk, and 2 eggs. Pour over the crust.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, and butter to the reserved cake mix. Use a fork or pastry cutter to cut the butter until it resembles small peas. Sprinkle over the pumpkin butter layer.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Yum that looks so delish!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  2. Johnna

    I got teary reading about the recipe from your Nonnie. In today’s digital age, I hope we will still have recipes with sticky blobs and handwritten notes to pass along.

    1. bakedbree

      I will keep that piece of paper for my entire life. I love her handwriting on it and all of the splotches and crumbs.

  3. Dina

    these bars look amazing!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Dina!

  4. vanillasugarblog

    isn’t baking with pumpkin butter the best?
    I have made so many goodies with it this year.
    Need to try these!

    1. bakedbree

      Yes! It smells so good. These are so easy and everyone raves about them.

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmm these sound sooooo good!

    1. bakedbree

      these are so good. And the house smells amazing while they are baking.

  6. Krystal

    These look delicious! Can you substitute canned pumpkin puree for the pumpkin butter?

  7. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    These are gorgeous! I just loved them–and those boxes and labels are too cute. I’ve gotten so many recipes from my grandmother over the years (as well as my mom) with all sorts of food remnants on them–haha. It just means they are loved 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      They are always the best recipes! This one is a little bit crunchy. 🙂

  8. megan

    What a great idea!! These look awesome.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! Love these bars.

  9. Jillian

    You are amazing! I know the teachers loved it!

    I have a jar of this butter on my counter right now. It won’t be there long–thanks for the great recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome! There was a two for $20 special at WS the other day, I stocked up.

  10. Gemma

    Hi Bree, these sound delicious. Just wondering whether you add the other 2 eggs with the pumpkin butter, flour and milk as it looks like in the pictures, or with the rest of the cake mix, as it doesn’t say in the recipe. Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      I fixed it, thanks for catching this!

  11. Lori

    I think the filling should be pumpkin butter, milk and 2 eggs. The flour goes with the sugar, cinnamon, butter and cake mix for the topping. I accidentally added the flour to the filling but hopefully it won’t have a big impact. Hate to waste a $12 jar of pumpkin butter!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so sorry! Thank you so much for catching that. I fixed the recipe, but a Tablespoon of flour should not make a big difference at all.

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