Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping

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If you follow me on Facebook, you know recently I’ve been talking about pumpkins. If you don’t follow me, {you should 😉 } I’ll catch you up real quick. I never liked pumpkin. Well, I said I didn’t like pumpkin even though I knew I’d never tried it. I just don’t like the way it looks. I know, right? What did pumpkin ever do to me?! I was planning my Fall blog schedule one Saturday and wanted to include some pumpkin recipes since I didn’t have any on the blog.  I created this recipe for Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping. To be honest, I intended to make a little different dessert but it changed as I went along. My creations tend to do that sometimes. Sometimes, what works perfectly in my head doesn’t in real life. An-ywho… This is what it turned out to be and it smelled so good cooking that I had to try it when it was done. Well, whatta ya know!!! Turns out I do like pumpkin! It was real-ly good!!! I mean, why didn’t someone tell me it tastes like sweet potatoes?? I live in the Sweet Potato Capital of the world!! I can do sweet potatoes!

Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping #callmepmc

Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping
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  • 1 package white or yellow cake mix - take out ½ cup for filling and ½ cup for topping, use the rest here
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • ½ cup cake mix (from the 1 box listed above)
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup cake mix (from the 1 box listed above)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoon butter, cold, cubed
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped small
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch pan with heavy foil sprayed with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine crust ingredients 6 T melted butter, cake mix (see above) and 1 egg. Mixture wil be thick and the consistancy of cookie dough. Press into prepared pan.
  3. Combine pumpkin, 3 eggs, ½ c cake mix, and 5 oz can evaporated milk mix until smooth. Pour over crust.
  4. Combine praline topping: ⅓ c oats, ½ c cake mix, ½ c brown sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, 6 T butter and 1 c pecans. Sprinkle this over pumpkin filling in cake pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  6. Refrigerate to store.

 Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping

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  1. says

    Love that these start with a cake mix! See I love pumpkin, it’s the sweet potatoes I need to learn to like!

  2. says

    Paula, how yummy do these look and sound? 🙂 It’s going to be fun to see all of the great pumpkin recipes for Julie’s birthday! Pinning of course! Have a great Tuesday!

  3. says

    I know this is good! I have been experimenting with cake mix and sweetened condensed milk recipes lately so I can imagine how good yours is! That praline topping really sold me, can’t wait to try this!

    • says

      Thanks Jenna, it turned out to be something completely different that what I started out making, but I liked the way it turned out.

  4. says

    I wrote a comment earlier, but now I don’t see it. Sorry if I’m repeating myself! This looks SO good. I already love pumpkin, and adding pecan pralines is over-the-top, Paula! What an awesome recipe 🙂

  5. says

    I was googling and found your website looking for pumpkin recipes. This looks soooo good, but I’m a tad bit confused. We only use 1 box of cake mix, right? I’m wanting to make this for our home group Sunday. Thanks, I am going to be a regular!

    • says

      Yes, 1 box, you take out 1/2 c for the filling and 1/2 c for the topping. It should not be listed twice, I’m about to correct that, thanks for pointing that mistake out.

    • says

      Thanks so much! I was pleased with them, although they started out being something totally different :/ Thanks for stopping by

  6. says

    What a nice way to celebrate Julie’s birthday — these look absolutely incredible, Paula! I’m pinning this on my Fall board for future reference. Yum!

  7. says

    There are so many pumpkin recipes I’d like to make. I should just make a few a week all throughout the fall. Definitely putting these on the list, Paula. You girls are so clever: what a great way to celebrate Julie’s birthday!

    Stopping in from #SITSSharefest.

  8. says

    Oh, how I LOVE praline!!! These look amazingly great.
    Thanks for sharing them on my blog hop.
    Guess what? This post is “Editor’s Pick” on the upcoming hop.
    Stop by 🙂

  9. says

    OMG these sound divine! I found you on the Inspiration Monday link up. If you’d like, I’d love for you to come over to Angels Homestead for my Saturday Spotlight link party! Hope to see you there!



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