Pumpkin Peanut Bars

These pumpkin bars are light in texture, wonderfully moist and delicious. A thick layer of delightfully spiced pumpkin filling in between a buttery crust and chopped pea-nutty topping. Drizzle some caramel over and enjoy them with a pot of freshly brewed tea. A perfect autumn treat!

Peanut ShortbreadPumpkin Filling
  • 80 g Roasted peanuts, ground
  • 110 All purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100 g Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 80 g Golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 450 g Pumpkin puree
  • 100 g Golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 250 ml Sour cream
  • 80 ml Milk
  • 50 g Roasted peanuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 175C/350F and place the rack in the center of the oven. Line the bottom and sides of a 24x36 cm baking pan with aluminum foil that has been buttered and floured. Blend the ground peanuts, flour and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until a soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly and firmly onto the bottom of the foil-lined pan. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the shortbread is set and beginning to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
  3. Whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, spices, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Gradually stir in the sour cream and milk. Pour the filling over the pre baked crust and sprinkle the chopped peanuts all over the top.
  4. Bake in the hot oven for about 35 minutes, or until the filling is set in the center. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Lift the pumpkin bars from the pan by holding onto the edges of the aluminum foil. Cut into squares or bars.


Unknown 1/11/10 07:00

OMG Angie, these look sooooooooooo good. I could taste it right now... buttery... peanuty... and pumpkiny... YUM! It's nice we can still enjoy pumpkin recipes due to thanksgiving coming up!
Love your blog!

Jackie 1/11/10 07:14

Yum these look divine. I'd really like to make them as an alternative morning tea treat, I only have one problem. I'm in New Zealand and we have caster sugar (a lighter more suitable form of sugar that we normally use in our baking) but not golden caster sugar! Any ideas? Thank you :)

Honey Bee Sweets 1/11/10 07:27

With your wide selection of pumpkin recipes, we can never run out of ideas how to cook a yummy pumpkin dish. :) thanks! Love the idea of peanut and pumpkin....sweet and salty, smooth & crunchy!

Bakericious 1/11/10 07:40

Angie, you are making me drooling!

Suhaina 1/11/10 08:20

looks so yummy.. i am drooling here..lovely clicks too.. simply amazed..
you r rocking out there..
wonderful recipe too.

TasteHongKong 1/11/10 08:40

Found another great way of using the in season pumpkins : ).

Angie's Recipes 1/11/10 09:28

If you have some brown sugar in the pantry, don't hesitate. Otherwise, white caster sugar will work too.

ann low 1/11/10 09:31

This looks so wonderfully delicious and hearty. Yum..yumm..

kitchen flavours 1/11/10 09:36

This looks really delicious. The drizzled caramel over this bar looks really yummy!

Jackie 1/11/10 09:40

Thank you Angie, I'll go for the brown sugar, yum!

Umm Mymoonah 1/11/10 10:32

That looks so delicious, just love the flavours in it.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 1/11/10 10:44

I just cannot get enough of pumpkin! The pairing with peanuts is interesting and they sound divine, but the glaze dripping down the bars is just killing me!!!

Donna-FFW 1/11/10 11:21

What a fantastic new way to use pumpkins.. I love fall desserts like this!

Trissa 1/11/10 11:42

What a very unique dessert! Looks like a posh version of a blondie.

Treat and Trick 1/11/10 12:07

Really tempting dessert and looks so yummy!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com 1/11/10 12:28

Wow...pumpkin and peanut butter sound really good together! Your photos look so good...

tobias kocht! 1/11/10 12:30

Na das ist ja eine tolle Idee Kürbis zu verwenden. Ist schon notiert.

Unknown 1/11/10 13:01

Am fond of these bars recipes...looks perfectly baked and yumm too

Kitchen Corner 1/11/10 13:11

Peanut and pumpkin, what a unique combo! I think it's nice one! Cheers!

Belinda @zomppa 1/11/10 13:14

That topping looks perfect...would go with the tea I'm sipping right now!

Unknown 1/11/10 14:05

These look absolutely delightful! I love the idea of peanuts on the top for some crunch. Great recipe, Angie!

pigpigscorner 1/11/10 14:16

Love the sound of this, moist, buttery and nutty. yum!

Unknown 1/11/10 14:21

These remind me of pumpkin pie squares that my mom and grandma used to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year!!! YUM!!!

☺lani☺ 1/11/10 14:30

Love this so much! As usual, you made them again the best way!

Jeannie 1/11/10 14:43

I can never make bars to look so gorgeous! Usually make a mess cutting it up into odd sizes:P Yours look just perfect!


Angie~ What a great combination! They look unreal!

PS~your kitty profile picture always gives me a good laugh! Have a great week!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 1/11/10 15:23

Scrumptious! Love the caramel dripping! I'm saving this one, I'm quite sure I have many of yours saved!

Shirley @ Kokken69 1/11/10 15:26

Wow, this looks so rich and indulgent!

Sarah Naveen 1/11/10 15:49

Amazing picture..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

Faith 1/11/10 15:56

These look really wonderful! I've never had peanuts and pumpkin together, but I bet it's a delicious combo!

Devaki 1/11/10 16:10

So delish with the pumpkiny, peanutty and caramel flavors. Over the top good, Angie :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Medifast Coupon 1/11/10 16:10

Yummy! These pumpkin bars look really good. The crunch of the peanuts is very good idea. almost like a chocolate bar without the chocolate.

noobcook 1/11/10 16:18

love the caramel topping. yes, so perfect for autumn!

Nitha 1/11/10 16:27

that looks so tempting...

Cheah 1/11/10 16:31

Angie, just can't help drooling!

busygran 1/11/10 16:50

What a fusion of flavours! Yum!

Unknown 1/11/10 16:57

Oh yummy, good texture for me.

tigerfish 1/11/10 17:38

Your description says it all. Perfect!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 1/11/10 17:50

Of all the pumpkin recipes I've seen this season, this has to be one of the most creative! These peanut bars look SO tasty, Angie. Thank you for sharing!

Susi's Kochen und Backen 1/11/10 18:30

Lovely bars! I love how moist they look and what a unique combination of peanuts and pumpkin! :o)

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 1/11/10 18:32

OMG, did you have to dangle the photo of the ones with the caramel dripping down in front of me! I want to go on a diet! Okay an eat sweets diet!

Unknown 1/11/10 19:10

WOW!! They look perfect and fabulous..Yum Yum!!

Evan @swEEts 1/11/10 19:23

So when can I be expecting a package of these on my doorstep!? man they looks delicious!

Krishnaveni 1/11/10 19:57

that looks damn cute, yummy

Carol 1/11/10 20:06

Love the topping! Such great flavors, they look fabulously sinful!

scrambledhenfruit 1/11/10 20:33

These look fabulous- the caramel drizzle is killing me! I'm feeling a serious craving for these. :)

Priya Suresh 1/11/10 20:40

Feel like grabbing rite now, absolutely delectable..

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 1/11/10 22:24

Oh I've never thought of peanut and pumpkin together and who knows why not. It's clearly a delightful combination!

Dimah 1/11/10 22:25

These sound and look awesome!

Rachana 1/11/10 22:31

Thats such a delicious way to use pumpkins... Awesome :-)

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 1/11/10 23:47

those look fantastic my son will love these!

Puja 1/11/10 23:57

I would like one, please! Or maybe two! These are delectable!

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marla {family fresh cooking} 2/11/10 00:23

Pumpkin & peanuts are an awesome combo! These bars look like the perfect treat with a glass of cold milk or a piping hot cup of coffee :) xo

Claudia 2/11/10 01:24

Pumpkin marries so well with nuts - these have to kbe packed with flavor. A little crunch and a little softness and a lot of smiles!

♥peachkins♥ 2/11/10 01:27

Can you throw some of those fantastic pumpkin bars over here?

Anonymous 2/11/10 02:19

Now, this looks like a pumpkin recipe worth trying... ;)

Hearty Bakes 2/11/10 02:29

I love those bite-size nutty flavours bars. Love the unique combination. Pumpkin and peanut sound like a great combo!

Barbara 2/11/10 02:30

I love all the nuts in your pumpkin bars, Angie! I'm having so much fun reading all the new and unusual pumpkin recipes this fall. Keep 'em coming!

Emily Z 2/11/10 03:26

These look nutty, flavorful and delicious. Yet another fantastic pumpkin recipe!

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls 2/11/10 03:38

Ohhh gooooodness me! Have mercy! What an amazinnng combo! I'd like a piece, or two, of this right now! YUM!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

My Little Space 2/11/10 06:00

Angie, I prefer having bars or slices than cakes. Much lighter! But still need to double up my Lippo cream, otherwise, my dresses will fit me up like a Chinese dumpling! haha....

Sanjeeta kk 2/11/10 10:20

Wow! this is an absolute must try for me. Lovely recipe, like the pumpkin and the caramel custard on top.

Elin Chia 2/11/10 11:01

Pumpkin and peanuts sounds great :)

Joanne 2/11/10 12:33

These sound absolutely ideal in every way, considering the fact that I spend most seconds of my life craving both peanut butter and pumpkin. Amazing.

Unknown 2/11/10 16:32

drool drool heavenly goodness :)

Food For Tots 2/11/10 16:52

Pumpkin and peanut combo sounds great! The bars look incredibly delicious! ;)

blackbookkitchendiaries 2/11/10 16:55

this looks so delicious angie! thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 2/11/10 19:12

Hyper addictive, I'm sure! They look terrific.



Baking Barrister 2/11/10 23:03

definitely one of the better uses of pumpkin i've seen thus far this season--the peanut would definitely make them more palatable for those of us who aren't pumpkin crazy. ;)

FOODESSA 2/11/10 23:07

A great tasty treat for this time of year for sure.
Thanks for sharing so much of your energy in that kitchen of yours ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

Unknown 3/11/10 00:23

I agree these bars are a perfect treat for this time of year. The peanuts with pumpkin are great flavors together plus they just look scrumptious:)

Anonymous 3/11/10 01:38

peanut butter and pumpkin sounds like a terrific combo, scrumptious bars!

Elisabeth 3/11/10 02:04

So addictive, and so beautiful. Peanut butter, and pumpkin always works for me...and the caramel drizzle, is "killing me"...got to make some!

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Imwaytoobusy 3/11/10 02:14

Pumpkin...and peanut butter? Sounds delicious!

sweetlife 3/11/10 02:20

pumpkin and peanut butter together, oh I'm in love, great recipe a must tryy!! your pics are amazing,

Katie@Cozydelicious 3/11/10 02:31

Oooh, what a combo! Pumpkins nd peanuts. Yum! How very perfect for fall.

OohLookBel 3/11/10 07:03

That second photo with the dripping caramel is amazing! The shortbread itself is beautiful, but with the caramel...mmmmm!

Sutapa 3/11/10 09:10

What a delicious lovely mouthwatering recipe! I wish I could have it now!
Nutty... creamy...awesome !!

Chicken Recipes 3/11/10 10:07

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chow and chatter 3/11/10 15:20

wow I agree yummy autumn treat they look amazing

Anonymous 3/11/10 16:16

Wow--these look so amazing!!! I love, love, love your recipes, and your photography makes my mouth water.

delphcotecuisine 3/11/10 18:48

so yummy, love it
bises from France

tasteofbeirut 3/11/10 23:34

I was instantly attracted by these creamy and crunchy bars; love the taste of a shortbread filled with crunchy peanuts and the creamy layer of pumpkin goodness on the top.

La Bella Cooks 3/11/10 23:38

Oh yes, these would be an instant favorite of mine!

Hettar7 4/11/10 01:54

i love seasonally appropriate desserts. these sound nice.

Reeni 4/11/10 02:47

These are little bars full of heavenly delight Angie! I think these are among my favorites of your posts - but then everything you make is so tempting!

Cristina 4/11/10 07:37

Wow Angie! This is absolute peanutty n pumpkinney goodness. The shortcrust sounds/looks amazing.

Magic of Spice 4/11/10 21:02

I don't think I have seen golden caster sugar before?
Anyway, these bars look just wonderful and so moist :)

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theUngourmet 6/11/10 22:17

Yum! Well, I've found my dessert for this week! Great combination with the peanuts and pumpkin!

Ingrid_3Bs 9/11/10 18:53

When I first read the title I was a little leery but after looking at your photos and reading about the drizzle of caramel I'm in! :)

Lavern Owie 10/11/10 19:06

Nice recipe, this is really yummy. There is nothing to argue about. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it. thank you for sharing this recipe..

grace 11/11/10 17:04

the shortbread base sounds just fine on its own, but the pumpkin topping adds decadence and seasonality. good stuff, angie!

Jean at The Delightful Repast 12/11/10 18:56

Angie, I just made (and posted) pumpkin pie. As soon as we've finished it off, I'll be making these bars. You can never have too much pumpkin, right? I'll skip the caramel and feel like that makes it low-cal!

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