Magic Pumpkin Layer Bars with rice krispies are essentially the taste of fall. That is is if you think fall’s flavor tastes like pumpkin. In which case you will love these bars!
It is Halloween and I don’t have candy. I do have pumpkins-uncarved- and Indian corn if I can find it in my cabinets, and gourds plus lots of mini pumpkins placed strategically throughout my home. I figure I have until Thanksgiving to find the corn, but that still means I have to run out and buy candy for probably what will amount to 4 trick or treaters. But you never know. One year I think we had like 20!
So it is for the grown ups that I made these bars. These magic pumpkin layer bars are a standard hello dolly 7 layer bar. I have lots of versions of magic cookie bars. They are simple and quick to make and ingredients can easily be substituted. In the case of this pumpkin bar, I found several things from my pantry hollering out to be used. Yes to rice krispies instead of nuts, yes to that lonely box of half eaten Milk Duds, and yes to these pumpkin cookies provided by Safeway at a blogger event. It happens to be a very nice sandwich cookie with that ubiquitous fall flavor, though any sandwich cookie or graham crackers could be used to make the delicious crust.
These magic pumpkin layer bars were also a great place to try Ghirardelli caramel chips. Oh my. I only discovered them a year ago and can only find them around holiday time, but much prefer them to the butterscotch chips. Ghirardelli contains only natural ingredients and nothing artificial and no they aren’t sponsoring this post; I just like them. Yes, I did also happen to add some rum to the pumpkin and that seems to help with these bars being overly sweet. But they still are plenty sweet. Maybe I’ll add more rum the next time I make them.
For some reason Halloween always has me scrambling and I admit that even when the kids were wee ones, I was never one for cutesy treats. I did manage to make a great microwave caramel corn, but I always marveled at the witch’s finger cookies that my kids brought home from school. Who could be so creative? Well, lot’s of folks if you look at this Halloween board! So no, I don’t have anything cutesy, but I do have a cookie bar that Manservant loves and hey – he might be my only trick or treater. So the big question is do I buy him Snicker’s bars or Peanut M and M’s?
And here’s a few more from some of my friends: Witch Finger Cookies from Texanerin and easy Witch Hat Cookies from The Baker’s Mama.
Yes, I do have a lot of Magic Bars!
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Magic Pumpkin Bars with rice krispies are essentially the taste of fall. That is is if you think fall’s flavor tastes like pumpkin. In which case you will love these bars!
1 pkg 9.7 oz Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies OR about 2 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs OR gingersnaps Or your favorite sandwich cookie all crushed in a food processor into fine crumbs
1 stick butter
8 T pumpkin butter OR 3/4 c pumpkin mixed with 2 1/2 t pumpkin spice
1 T rum
1 can condensed milk
3/4 c Milk Duds or caramels or chopped up candy bars
1 c Ghirardelli caramel baking chips or butterscotch chips
1 c or more Rice Krispies
1 c dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
Kosher salt for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350. Place butter into a 13 x 9 baking pan and place in oven while oven is preheating to melt you butter. As soon as butter has melted tilt pan so butter will cover pan evenly. Sprinkle your cookie crumbs evenly over butter and using a flat off set spatula press crumbs into butter to create a flat surface.
Combine pumpkin butter or pumpkin mixed with spices, condensed milk and rum. Stir well and pour over crumbs.
Top with Milk Duds evenly spaced, caramel baking chips and then Rice Krispies. Add one more layer with the chocolate chips and then sprinkle with salt.
Bake for about 35 – 45 minutes. Be careful that these do not burn. Remove from oven and let cool. (I think these taste better the next day, but that is up to you.
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