Pumpkin Crunch Bars

Yes, you read that header correctly. I’ve got yet another recipe involving pumpkin! I’m kind of a one-note cooker person, and I’ve yet to meet a pumpkin food I don’t love. So when one of you clever kids mentioned in my 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake post about the Pumpkin Crunch recipe floating around Pinterest, I was drawn to it like a Biggest Loser contestant at Dunkin Donuts.


I followed the recipe from The Picky Apple, and it does not disappoint. Holy wow is it amazing! And decadent. Like go ahead and pop the button off your pants, because you’re going to need the extra room.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Heat oven to 350-degrees and grease bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt, and pour in bottom of prepared dish.


Sprinkle package of cake mix over pumpkin mixture. Do not mix or stir, you want this in layers.


Top with pecans, then melted butter. Look at it skeptically and wonder how in the world that cake mix is going to work.


Bake it for 50-55 minutes, then dive into it immediately, burning the tar out of your mouth. Since the bottom has a custardy feel to it, I refrigerated what was left. Once cool, it cuts easily into bars and is so divine you can hardly see straight.


I’m linking up this little piece of heaven with Natasha today, as we round out the final week of the Christmas Cheer Link Parties!

Leave a Comment


  1. this sure looks like a must make creation for my pumpkin loving family! thanks for sharing…hugs…

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  2. Yummy-ness. Happy Tuesday my friend.

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  3. Leslie wrote:

    I'd really like to make this! Anything involving a mix is my friend. Maybe I'll make it for my family's Christmas celebration.

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  4. Ohhh I've never met a pumpkin recipe I didn't love! This looks super yummy!

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  5. Laurie wrote:

    oh my hips are expanding just reading this delish recipe!

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  6. Um YES PLEASE! As if I need any more goodies to chow down on this time of year, but I'm pretty sure your pumpkin junkie self is rubbing off on me (c:

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  7. Michaela wrote:

    Looks great! My mom would LOVE this recipe!!

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  8. Karen wrote:

    Um…. that would have been me who mentioned the Pumpkin Crunch. It's awesome, isn't it?

    I'll take the credit for turning you onto Pumpkin Crunch… but don't blame me if your pants get too tight. LOL

    Posted 12.13.11 Reply
  9. Please send these to my house asap – baby is hungry!!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  10. Yep, I think I could eat the entire pan! YUM!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply