Pumpkin. Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cheesecake. We’re all accustomed to these things. They have become tiresome. Well, not really. I just felt like trying something new. And it’s Fall. AND I had to figure out something to take to a potluck.
Lucky me, my friend Nicole at Pinch My Salt made these bars. I saw them and the proverbial lightbulb went on over my head.
I didn’t do anything too terribly different from her recipe, but I did double it and made them in a half-sheet pan instead of Pyrex. It worked just fine.
Nicole made this brown sugar shortbread for the bottom layer that is dynamite. It had a little more oomph than a standard shortbread–hey, don’t get me wrong, a standard shortbread has it’s place–but when supporting a layer of cinnamony spicy pumpkin custard it’s nice to have that extra jolt of flavor.
The use of both my food processor and stand mixer made for more dishes, but it made putting these things together a breeze.
It probably took all of ten minutes to assemble.
If you happen to have a handsome young man handy it’s even easier, whether your son or cabana boy.
Line your pan in foil with the edges hanging out so you can just pull the whole slab onto the counter to cool. I inverted the pan over the slab o’ bar and left it to cool overnight.
When the thing is totally cool, cut them up into whatever size you like.
These were served plain at my potluck, but I can also envision them as a dessert with a nice dollop of whipped cream on top.
Recipe adapted from Pinch My Salt.
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