Pumpkin, Dulce de Leche, Oat Bars

Oh pumpkin. If you’re like me, I am sure that you’re seeing pumpkin recipes EVERYWHERE these days. I pretty much love it. My must-bake pumpkin list is quite large and even though I bake with pumpkin throughout the year, I still can’t ever seem to put a dent in that list.

When I saw this recipe, it jumped straight to the top of the list. I would never think to pair pumpkin with dulce de leche, but it works. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since both of those ingredients are pretty awesome on their own.

As I mentioned, Hubby has been traveling for work a LOT. As in, he’s gone more than he’s in town. I hope he isn’t too upset that I made these while he was out of town. He LOVES all things made with caramel of any sort. (It’ll be our little secret).

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Pumpkin, Dulce de Leche, Oat Bars

Pumpkin, dulce de leche, and oats make for some delicious bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Crust
3/4 cup flour
1 cup oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

For the Dulce De Leche Layer
1 13.4 oz can dulce de leche
2 Tbsp whole milk

For the Pumpkin Filling Layer
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
3/4 tsp ginger
pinch cloves

Directions:

For the Crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8×8 pan.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and combine until crumbly. Pour half of the mixture in the bottom of the baking dish and set the other half aside. Press the mixture down using the back of a fork (or your hands) to ensure the bottom of the dish is covered evenly.

For the Dulce De Leche Layer
If you are using homemade dulce de leche you can skip this step and just spread it onto the crust. If you are using a can, combine the dulce de leche with the 2 tablespoons of milk in a medium bowl and stir well. Once combined, gently spread over crust.

For the Pumpkin Filling Layer
Lastly, in a large bowl add the pumpkin, egg, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves.

Whisk together until combined and pour over the dulce de leche.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, top with the remaining oat mixture and return to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool completely. Refrigerate until set.

Recipe adapted from Natalie's Daily Crave

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12 Responses to “Pumpkin Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars”

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    Anna @ Bashful Bao — October 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    These bars look absolutely amazing! I love the distinct layers!!

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    Dina — October 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

    they look delish!

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    Elaine Christen — October 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    What size pan? I’m guessing 9×13. Looks like an awesome recipe, can’t wait to try it!

    • beantownbaker — October 13th, 2013 @ 1:06 am

      Sorry, I’m updating the recipe now. I used an 8×8 pan.

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — October 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    It’s all of my favorite fall treats in one: pumpkin, salted caramel, and cinnamon, love it!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    There is absolutely nothing more I could desire in a fall treat, you covered it perfectly 🙂

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    Shannon — October 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    what a great combination, great thanksgiving dessert! or anytime, really 😉

    • beantownbaker — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:27 am

      Anytime is the correct answer 🙂

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    Priya@MyKitchenOdyssey — October 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Such a lovely treat .I love caramels so this might be for me.

    • beantownbaker — October 28th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      Anyone who loves caramel and pumpkin would love this, so I’m sure you would too!

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    Tom @ Waegook Tom — November 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I have to admit that, as a Brit, I have NO idea what a snickerdoodle is, but this sounds delicious and yummy and amazing and I WANT SOME. Tis the season to eat everything pumpkin-y.

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

      Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie with cinnamon. They’re very popular here in the US. I agree! Bring on the pumpkin 🙂

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