These Pumpkin Pie Bars feature a gingersnap cookie base, and they’re the perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving and holiday parties!
One pumpkin pie bar. Two pumpkin pie bars. Three pumpkin pie bars. Mwahaha! On any given day around our house, we’ll hear Robbie counting things, and he almost always ends with a ‘mwahaha.’ One block. Two blocks. Three blocks. Four blocks. Mwahaha! You see, this all came from a Halloween-themed Sesame Street book that Robbie loved to read last year. Every night, I would read that book with him, and we’d count all of the different things in the pictures. Pumpkins, cupcakes, candy, bats, you name it…we counted it. And I would often end the counting with a ‘Mwahaha!’ just like The Count from Sesame Street.
The Count has long been one of my favorite Sesame Street characters. In fact, in our high school calculus class, one of my buddies sat in the back of the room, and he’d occasionally drop a “Mwahaha!” after solving a particular hard problem. One absolute value. Two absolute values. Three absolute values. Mwahaha! See? I guess all we need to know in life we really did learn on Sesame Street. Or something like that.
Robbie’s got his numbers 1-20 down solid now, and he loves to count things. We’ll hear him in the other room just counting things to himself. And then we’ll hear a Mwahaha! I crack up every single time. I suspect he thinks he’s supposed to end with a ‘Mwahaha,’ and I’m totally ok with that. It’s moments like these that create the best memories, right? I also kinda wonder whether he’s done this at daycare. I’m pretty sure he has, and I’m pretty sure his teaches probably cracked up laughing.
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Let’s turn our attention over to these Pumpkin Pie Bars. Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us quickly, and that means it’s time to plan out the menu for Gobble Gobble Day. Truthfully, our Thanksgiving menu rarely changes. We’ve come to associate Thanksgiving with certain family recipes, and we typically make the same recipes each year. There’s mac and cheese (yes, mac and cheese…on Thanksgiving), Laura’s Italian stuffing balls (so good!), my cornbread dressing (a family favorite), the turkey (duh!) and a brown sugar pecan pie. Wait. There’s no pumpkin pie on the list. That’s right. Pumpkin pie has never really been a thing for us at Thanksgiving. But I’m shaking things up a bit this year and making Pumpkin Pie Bars. Oh, and I’m still making that pecan pie because, well, pecan pie.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always stuffed by the time we finish our Thanksgiving meal. We often wait an hour or two before going back for dessert. But that’s where these Pumpkin Pie Bars come in. They’re classic pumpkin pie, just cut up in bar form. That way you can grab a small bar to snack on whenever you walk past the dessert table. Finger food is always a fun option when you’re entertaining for a crowd!
Oh, and before we wrap up, I must mention that I included a gingersnap cookie base on these Pumpkin Pie Bars. I love the flavor combination of gingersnaps and pumpkin, so these bars were right up my alley. You’ll have to grind up gingersnap cookies as gingersnap crumbs aren’t really a thing in the grocery store. But trust me when I say the effort is well worth it! You could also just use pie dough as the base for these bars, too. Either way, I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Pie Bars! Mwahaha!
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