Pumpkin Bars with a Biscoff Cookie Crust

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Today, I have some AMAZING Pumpkin Bars with a Biscoff Cookie Crust.  But first, can you believe that Thanksgiving has already come and gone?  Did you have a good one?  I hope your day was spent surrounded by loved ones, whether that be family and/or friends.  We had a great Thanksgiving over here.  I do have to confess that I didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner.  We went to Cracker Barrel.  Truth be told, I have probably spent more Thanksgivings in Cracker Barrels and airport restaurants than not.  You see, I grew up with a dad that’s an airline pilot.  He is usually flying over the Holidays so we would meet him at a restaurant when it worked out.  Then a few years, it somehow worked out that hubby and I were in a new city looking for a place to live over the holiday because he was taking a new position with work.  This year, my dad was flying again so we decided to forego cooking and head back to Cracker Barrel.  While the meal wasn’t bad, we decided that next year we are going back to cooking.  It just isn’t the same at a restaurant.

While I didn’t get any pictures during dinner, I did manage to sweet talk my kids and hubby into some pictures downtown afterwards.  Oh my goodness, I treasure those pictures more than I can even begin to tell you.  They are growing up so fast.  I am so grateful for my camera and the ability to capture these fleeting moments.  This is one of my favorites.  I am sure I will be sharing more of them with you soon.  I just love them all!

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Ok, enough about that.  Now on to what you came over here for… Pumpkin Bars with a Biscoff Cookie Crust.  I know some of you may say it’s too late now for more pumpkin recipes, but I beg to differ.  I love pumpkin year round.  These have that delicious taste of pumpkin pie but taken to a whole new level.  I had never made pumpkin bars before so wasn’t sure if I would like them.  Oh my… these are now a new family favorite.  I can promise you they have a permanent home in our favorite baking file.

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Pumpkin Bars with a Biscoff Cookie Crust
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups Biscoff Cookies, finely crushed
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ can pumpkin (7.5 oz.)
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Using a food processor, or ziplock bag with a mallet, crush Biscoff cookies into fine crumbs.
  3. Add Biscoff cookies and melted butter to a small bowl and blend well. Press onto the bottom of an 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until well combined.
  5. Add in pumpkin, spice, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add eggs one at a time and blend on low speed after each one.
  7. Pour mixture over crusts.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the center is just set. Cool pan on a wire rack. Then refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours before serving.

Adapted from Kraft.

Have you tried my Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Icing yet?  They are so soft and just melt in your mouth.  Yum!  Or Mom’s Famous Pumpkin Pie with the Flaky Pastry Pie Crust? Don’t forget about the 35+ Pumpkin Dessert Recipes Round Up that I posted recently as well!

Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

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These Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars are so amazingly delicious I can’t even put into words how much I love them.  They came out of the oven and were so ooey and gooey that I had to grab a bite, or two, or three, before they had cooled.  Bad Shari, but I have zero patience when it comes to waiting for things.  These smelled so good that there was no way that I could wait another second for a bite.

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The kids started coming from school not long after these came out of the oven and I had each of them try one.  They all said they were delicious.  My daughter said they were “heavenly.”  Now that’s a compliment if I have ever heard one.  🙂  Seriously, these things are SINFUL.  I could just sit down and eat the entire pan by myself. Needless to say, today’s diet was blown rather quickly.  There’s always tomorrow, right?

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Honestly, who can resist caramel and toffee together?  I mean, is there any better combination?  I think not.  Of course, you could add in some chocolate chips and find out.  Hmmm…  I see another blog post coming on soon!  😉

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These would also make a great addition to your holiday dessert table too.

Dulce de Leche Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 13.4 oz dulce de leche
  • 1 cup toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar and salt.
  3. Using a fork, cut in butter until crumbly.
  4. Set aside ¼ of crumb mixture for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan.
  5. In a small saucepan, heat dulce de leche over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring until softened.
  6. Spread the dulce de leche over crust. Sprinkle the toffee bits evenly. Then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top.
  7. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
  8. Run knife around the sides of pan to loosen the bars. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Notes
*** You can bake the bottom crumb mixture for 10 minutes before adding the dulce de leche if you prefer a harder crust.

Adapted from Betty Crocker.  

Easy Nutella Brownies

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Easy Nutella Brownies.  Do I really need to say anything more than that?  Seriously.  Brownies are always a huge crowd pleaser.  We go through more than our share of them in this house.  The kids love them.  Whenever we make them, they are gone before they ever get a chance to cool off!  I am a busy mom and most of my friends are too.  We are always looking for ways to make yummy meals and sweets that are quick and easy.  This recipe is exactly that!!

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When I first saw the idea of adding Nutella to brownies I was skeptical.  I mean, why would you want or need to mess with an already perfect brownie?  Then one day I had a jar of Nutella sitting in the pantry that was just screaming to be used.  I thought why not give it a try.  I am so very glad that I did.  We love a good fudgey brownie and the Nutella just makes them even more that way.  It really enhances the chocolate, yet doesn’t overdo it.  It’s perfection.

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I didn’t tell anyone what I had done when I served them.  They all started gobbling them up right away and saying that they just might be the best brownies ever!  They were all gone in record time so I guess that speaks for itself!

 What’s your favorite way to use Nutella?

Easy Nutella Brownies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box of Brownie Mix
  • 1 cup of Nutella or other Hazelnut spread
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup Nutella to drizzle over the top
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Grease a large 9x13 glass baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, 1 cup of Nutella, eggs, water, and oil. Mix well.
  3. Pour into baking dish and spread evenly.
  4. In a microwwave, melt the ¼ cup of Nutella and stir in 10 second increments until thin and smooth.
  5. Now drizzle it over the top of the brownies.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool.
Notes
** Special tip... brownies cut the easiest when you use a plastic knife. It keeps the brownies from sticking to your knife and tearing them all up.
**Our personal favorite boxed Brownie mix is Betty Crocker Original Supreme with the Hershey's Syrup in it. Yum!!