Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust

The weather is cold and crisp. Spooky decor and pumpkins are everywhere, and we have started considering our options for the holidays. It’s nearly Halloween! Will you be going to a party to celebrate? We will be, and I think we’ll be taking this recipe to share.

Not more than a week ago, we were grocery shopping at Wegmans and a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix caught our attention. Brent loves pie—we made a pumpkin coconut pie last year—but we rarely make it. When he asked me if I could make pumpkin pie bars, I agreed. Instead of the graham cracker crust, he requested I use a gingerbread crust (something I’ve played around with, but haven’t quite perfected).

This is more of a savory than a sweet dessert, but you can easily top these bars with a little drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of coconut whipped cream for a little extra sweetness for your resident sweet tooth. We know you will enjoy it!

Pumpkin Coconut Pie

We’ve got a snowy day here in the DC area, and I figured it was a perfect day to share a sweet recipe that is a collaboration (well 20% us) with my mom.  We made this pie for Thanksgiving, and I have to say that it was a blast.  In all honesty, I found this better than your standard pumpkin pie that you can pick up from the store.

This pie we let sit for almost 2 days before finally serving, and it was still fantastic.  I was shocked at how the crust pulled away from the pan like a traditional pie, and the crust is really delicious.  Not too sweet, a little crumbly, and not too dry (which sometimes happens with these gluten free crust/bread/sweets recipes).  We hope you’ll try it and let us know how it comes out!

Pumpkin “Cornbread”

Growing up, corn was a regular part of my diet. Corn was my favorite vegetable; little did I know it was actually a grain. We ate it all sorts of ways–grilled corn on the cob,  frozen corn microwaved and seasoned with salt and butter, creamed corn over mashed potatoes, cornbread, etc. My absolute favorite was cornbread. Those dense, slightly sweet squares of golden goodness never lasted long.