Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Secret Recipe Club - Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

I'm participating in a new blogging challenge called The Secret Recipe Club. My friend, Amanda, from Amanda's Cookin' is the host. The object of this challenge is that each blogger is assigned the name of one of the other participating blogs. You then pick any recipe from that blog and make it. You don't reveal whose blog that you have until the round up on the chosen date. Click here to find out how you can join in on the fun!

My secret blog for this month was Megan's Cookin'. Megan has a beautiful blog with so many delicious recipes posted on it. I chose bake her Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars. I actually made these at the beginning of the month for my husband's birthday. I knew that they would go over big because love sweet pumpkin desserts. When you bite into the bars, it really is like eating a slice of pumpkin pie only in bar form. Very moist and delicious with lots of pumpkin flavor.

The only changes that I made were to add more pumpkin pie spice to the filling and more spices to the topping. I omitted the white chocolate drizzle topping. I topped the bars with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars
adapted from Megan's Cookin'

Snickerdoodle Layer

3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tbls. vanilla

Pumpkin Pie Layer

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. white sugar
1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 c. canned pumpkin


4 tbsp. white sugar
2 tsp.cinnamon
1/2  tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


Preheat oven to 350F.

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch pan and lay a piece of parchment paper across the pan, so that it extends the pan slightly. Don't skip using the parchment paper. It makes removing the bars from the pan so very easy.

To make snickerdoodle layer:

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.

Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan (mixture will be thick and cookiebatter-ish.)

To make pumpkin pie filling:

In a mixer bowl (you can use the same one you used to make the snickerdoodle batter) with a paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugar.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined. This layer will be less thick and more pourable. Pour over the snickerdoodle layer, smoothing out the top.

To make the topping:

Combine white sugar and cinnamon in a little bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter.


Bake for 33-40 minutes (maybe more depending on your oven) or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Let the bars cool completely (about an hour). They will deflate a bit and remain a bit pie-like on the top layer. The bars that are closer to the edges of the pan will be more firm.

Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. Place on a cutting board and cut into bars.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Store in a covered container.


Amanda said...

I remember seeing these on Megan's blog, they looks so good! So glad you participated this month, this is so fun!

Megan said...

These are my one of my favorites. I'm so glad you like them too. They look delicious with a dollop of whip cream.

Anonymous said...

I did a version of these last fall too! Yours look great!

Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

This sounds like a fun idea. I just filled in the form to get signed up for next time :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

What a fun cooking club! Those pumpkin bars look yummy. :)

Kristen said...

Those bars look amazing. I love the idea of putting a snickerdoodle on the bottom as a crust. I know my family would love these, too.

Katrina said...

These look so good, Tami. I remember when Megan posted them. Why oh why have I not made them yet. Glad you're with the SRC. Loved your stroganoff--thanks!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

These look delicious! A little like pumpkin pie in a bar.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love Megan. I've been wanting to make these too. Great choice.

Carolyn said...

These sound fantastic, and I really love the idea of this recipe club.

Deeba PAB said...

Megans got a delicious blog and I love her energy bars which I make really often. Love your pick too...mmmm!!

Winnie said...

Mmmm....that looks absolutely delicious! I love pumpkin and just know I'd love this dessert :)

Elle said...

Wow! I could get lost in a pan of those--they look amazing!

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