You might be looking at this post thinking I’m getting way ahead of myself. Maybe I am, but I blame those candle stores at the mall. You walk past their store and smell the scent of spiced pumpkin pie, but seriously people where’s is the pumpkin pie?
I want the real thing. Those candles may smell good but definitely not as good as the real thing. Or maybe it’s just knowing that when you are smelling the real thing there’s actually something you’ll get to eat and enjoy not just smell. I have a love hate relationships with those candles, they just make me want the food all day.
Really I’d be happy to post a pumpkin recipe any day of the year. I don’t understand the people that say they are getting excited for pumpkin recipes but aren’t ready for it quite yet. I’m ready for it any day of the year.
I like seasonal baking but really, baking outside of the season once in a while is fun too. It seemingly transports you to an alternate season for a moment. And it often reminds us of good times.
Obviously when I think pumpkin pie, I’m thinking Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is definitely good times. Besides why restrict yourself from something so delicious just because it’s not October.
So, if you want to bake these on Valentines Day I definitely wouldn’t judge :). Once you try these you’ll want them once a month year round.
These bars are a bit more cookie than pumpkin pie filling (these are three layers, oatmeal cookie crumb layer followed by the pumpkin pie layer then it’s finished with more crumb) so if you’d prefer an equal amount you could probably make half the amount of crumb mixture and simply only do one bottom layer.
But is there such thing as too much cookie :)? These are tall, thick bars, that in my opinion are best slightly chilled – or you could eat them warm out of the oven with ice cream, like a crumble.
However your serve them, I’d definitely recommend trying them in the near future. (Photos updated Sept. 7, 2016. I made the pumpkins out of marshmallow fondant, I only made 1/4 of this recipe here)