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Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping is richer version of pumpkin pie. It ahs a cake mix crust, pumpkin pie filling, and cinnamon pecan topping!

They are creamy, dreamy, and delicious! As well, if you’re feeding a crowd, they’ll feed more people than a 9-inch pie.

Gooey Pumpkin Bars

I used to not be a fan of pumpkin. Not savory or sweet pumpkin recipes. But, as predicted, my tastes changed and I like pumpkin desserts now. I can still say I’m not a huge fan of savory pumpkin dishes.

Pumpkin is very similar in taste to sweet potatoes. And, I grew up eating and loving sweet potatoes. After all, I live the Sweet Potato Capital of the world!!

Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping Tips

Let this cool before slicing. It really needs to set or this dessert will crumble.

I like to take bars instead of pie to potlucks because they go further.

Plus, I like the filling to crust ratio for these bars. It has a less filling and more crust ratio.

Finally, the praline topping is everything! So good!

Ingredients for your Pumpkin Bars

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  • white or yellow cake mix take out 1/2 cup for filling and 1/2 cup for topping
  • large egg
  • butter, melted


  • pumpkin puree
  • large eggs
  • evaporated milk
  • cake mix from the 1 box listed above


  • rolled oats
  • cake mix from the 1 box listed above
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • butter cold, cubed
  • pecans chopped small

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping

Gooey Pumpkin Bars with Praline Topping

A richer version of pumpkin pie with a cake mix crust!

Author: Paula
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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  • 1 package white or yellow cake mix take out 1/2 cup for filling and 1/2 cup for topping
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted


  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup cake mix from the 1 box listed above


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cake mix from the 1 box listed above
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons butter cold, cubed
  • 1 cup pecans chopped small


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch pan with heavy foil sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • 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.
  • Combine pumpkin, 3 eggs, 1/2 c cake mix, and 5 oz can evaporated milk mix until smooth. Pour over crust.
  • Combine praline topping: 1/3 c oats, 1/2 c cake mix, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 6 T butter and 1 c pecans. Sprinkle this over pumpkin filling in cake pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Refrigerate to store.


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. Thanks so much! I was pleased with them, although they started out being something totally different :/ Thanks for stopping by

  1. Paula,
    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!

    1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

    1. 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. 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!

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

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