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Pumpkin Delight Magic Bars

My mother never wrote down her delightful recipes, so I created this recipe as a holiday tribute to her. They're creamy, sweet and a little tart. Eat with a fork so you can scoop up all the delicious topping ingredients that might tumble off. —Lisa Glassman, Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (11 ounces) vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place wafers in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Drizzle with melted butter; pulse until blended. Press into bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, milk and pie spice until smooth. Beat in pumpkin; stir in cranberries. Pour over crust. Layer with coconut, baking chips and pecans.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes.
  • Loosen sides from pan with a knife; cool completely. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 299 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • rachelseis
    Sep 26, 2018

    Oh my gosh, we loved these! They're the perfect fall treat. They're super delicious right out of the oven (try 'em with a fork), and when they cool a bit, they're easier to pick up and enjoy fork-free. They just have such great fall flavor and the texture from the pecans, cranberries and coconut is incredible.

  • Emily
    Sep 26, 2018

    I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the tip about eating them with a fork.

  • gottarun
    Sep 26, 2018

    Yum! All my favorite fall flavors in one place. I will definitely make these bars again!

  • Ellie31773
    Sep 26, 2018

    These pumpkin bars were so good, my friends and I giggled while we ate. The toppings are over the top, but the flavor is worth every crumb.

  • SJS9
    Nov 16, 2016

    I would not make these again. They took a lot of costly ingredients and they were very disappointing. The cranberries got hard as a rock. They were also a lot of work. SJS9

  • interpretermom
    Nov 21, 2015

    They were a hit but I agree with the other two reviewers that the toppings fell off. The flavors blended well together but the toppings were all over the place. It also is not what I think of when I hear, "Magic Bars." These were more like cheesecake squares with toppings. (I am not a cheesecake fan but still enjoyed a couple of the bars.) It makes a lot, so prepare them for a crowd.

  • rdhddglvr
    Nov 15, 2015

    These had a great flavor, but the bars from the crust up fell apart. Will have to rethink this recipie before I attempt again.

  • Hpd
    Oct 8, 2015

    They taste great but the topping is loose. Any suggestions of what I can use so everything stays together when cut?