Pumpkin gooey butter cake bars are the perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert to replace pumpkin pie. It travels well if you're heading to someone else's house for the holiday.
Confession: I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. I remember loving it as a kid but now as an adult, I far prefer the texture and crunch of a good slice of pecan pie.
Yet, every Thanksgiving my mom and I battle over which dessert would be the ONE single dessert to make when we're trying to keep things easy. We always end up making both because we just can't decide.
Last year, I discovered these pumpkin gooey butter cake bars and I nearly swooned. THIS right here is the solution I need! I love the flavor of pumpkin, but these bars bring the texture I crave. They have a wonderful crisp chewiness to them but are still soft and, well, gooey.
They still didn't trump my mom's request for an old-fashioned pumpkin pie but I just couldn't resist making them! I'd rather have a sliver-slice of pecan and a small square of pumpkin gooey butter cake than one large piece of a single dessert.
If you want to add variety to your Thanksgiving table, these pumpkin gooey butter bars are the perfect choice. You can slice them into small bite-sized servings. Since they are so rich, a little goes a long way anyway!
They'd be just perfect on a dessert buffet table mixed with a variety of homemade or even store-bought desserts to keep it easy.
What are pumpkin gooey butter cake bars anyway?
If I lost you at "gooey butter cake," don't worry. Gooey butter cake is an old-fashioned American dessert where you turn a whole lot of butter and a boxed cake mix into a decadent layered dessert. It comes in a wide variety of flavors including both vanilla and chocolate.
I've tried both vanilla and chocolate gooey butter cakes and they are ok, but these pumpkin bars totally take the cake! Pun intended.
They are an awesome fall dessert for any event you want to bring a treat.
Easy Thanksgiving Desserts:
The best part of Thanksgiving is have a variety of treats. Try mixing in some of our family favorites for your dessert buffet table: