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Pumpkin Cream Bars

Pumpkin Cream Bars with Chili Lime Pepitas combines the flavors of traditional pumpkin pie with lime zested whipped cream topping and chili lime pepitas in a graham cracker crust.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: Fall Desserts, Pumpkin Dessert
Servings: 12

Equipment

  • 9 inch square serving dish

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker pulverized
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp butter melted

Pumpkin Layer

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cu heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Whipped Cream Layer

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 lime juiced and zested
  • 1/4 cup chili lime pepitas

Instructions

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Combine pulverized graham crackers, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture into 9" square serving dish.

Pumpkin Layer

  • Combine pumpkin puree, milk, heavy cream and pumpkin spice in a pan over medium heat until warmed.
  • Combine egg yolks, sugars, flour and salt in a bowl until smooth.
  • Mix the egg yolk mixture into the pumpkin mixture and cook over medium high heat, stirring continuously, until thickened.
  • Pour mixture into graham cracker crust.

Whipped Cream Layer

  • Place heavy cream, sour cream, light brown sugar and vanilla extract in a chilled bowl and whip at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold in lime juice and zest. Spread evenly over pumpkin layer. Chill for at least an hour. Top with chili lime pepitas when serving.