While everbody was still in bed this morning I got busy and made some Pumpkin Streusel Bars. The whole house now smells SPICY! On Friday, I headed over to Chapel Hill to bring the First Year College Student Daughter home for the weekend. Her battery pack has been running low lately and this week we found out why. She has a case of Mono :( and needed to come home for the weekend for some TLC. She is doing much better now that the medicine has kicked in and so now we are focusing on lots of healthy food and lots of sleep before I take her back on Monday. Anyway, I got myself over to Chapel Hill a bit early in the day so I could do some shopping while I waited for her to finish her classes. I got to visit all the stores that they do not have here in Greensboro like Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn among others. I stopped in the Williams Sonoma as soon as I walked in the door I had to ask what that heavenly smell was??? They gave me a sample of the their Pumpkin Streusel Bars with fresh whipped cream. OMG! What do I need to make them? All I needed was a yellow cake mix and a jar of their Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter. I said SOLD!
Pumpkin Streusel Bars
1 box yellow caked mix
8 Tbsp. butter (1stick) melted
4 Tbsp. butter cold
3 large eggs
1 jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter
2 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Serve with fresh whipped cream….Cool Whip works too! :)
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.
Remove 1 cup of the yellow cake mix and set aside for the streusel topping. Stir together the remaining cake mix with the stick of melted butter and 1 of the eggs. Pour into prepared pan.
Stir together the Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter, 2 eggs and the milk. Pour over the cake batter in the pan.
Add the flour, sugar, and cinnamon to the bowl with the reserved 1 cup of cake mix. Add the 4 Tbsp. cold butter. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until pea sized crumbs form and the mixture clumps together. Crumble over the pumpkin butter mixture. Bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool, then cut into squares and serve with fresh whipped cream.
And Here they are. You could even mix in some toasted pecans into the streusel topping and that might even make these better if that is even possible. And whipped cream really makes these even better.
I wish you could smell them!