Will you look at that. That glistening chocolate ganache pouring down the sides of the best cake mix bars you will ever eat. Yes! These bars are from cake mix! Pecan pie is one my favorite desserts during the holidays. Notice that it’s usually gone before the pumpkin pie? At least when I’m invited to the party. Especially if it’s made with chocolate chips.
Lovely moist pumpkin bars with gooey and buttery chocolate chip pecan pie filling baked right on top. I’ve taken my two favorite flavors this fall and married them in these Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Pumpkin Bars.
Let’s get real for a moment. I’m going to rewind to about September when I posted this monstrosity. I was so excited for those blondie-brownie-pie-bar-things. Maybe I was a little over ambitious with three massive layers of brownie, pumpkin blondie, oh…and chocolate chip pecan pie filling. The first mistake I made was trying to fit it all in a 9×9 pan, so in the recipe I noted as an option to maybe half the blondie portion. I wrote it like I was baking with the lazy and sugar high segment of my crazy little brain. Nevertheless, I still posted it to my blog because I thought it turned out yummy. Also I thought, “Who the heck even knows my blog exists?”.
Luscious moist pumpkin cupcakes stuffed with pecan pie filling and topped with cream cheese frosting. It’s the ultimate triple threat. Let these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes kick off the holiday season!
The holidays have officially started at our house. Halloween decorations are up already (Oliver calls it his spooky house), I’m baking with nothing but Fall flavors and listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas. Yes, I start Christmas music before Halloween. Call me crazy, but I don’t think I will ever tire of it! The rain has been coming in more lately, and thank God, it’s also bringing cooler weather with it. Cooler weather = dipping a few degrees down in temperature. Hey, I’ll take whatever I can get!
One of my all time favorite desserts during this time of year is definitely crunchy, gooey, nutty pecan pie. Specifically chocolate chip pecan pie. It’s my downfall when I’m watching my muffin top. The muffin top usually ends up turning into a bundt top, but let’s not get into that. Enough about me. Let’s get to these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes! I took my favorite pumpkin cupcake recipe and after baking, filled them with an easy pecan pie filling. I just baked the pie without the crust. After all, we just need the good stuff.