PUMPKIN LUSH BARS

These Pumpkin Lush Bars will make for a delicious fall layered dessert. You will find layers of cream cheese filling, pumpkin pudding,  and whipped topping, all on top of a yummy shortbread crust. Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert.


This recipe is so super simple and does not take very long to make. You can purchase store bought boxed pumpkin pudding if you find it in your local stores (it is a seasonal item). I used my own homemade pumpkin pudding recipe and it was perfect.
Not only are these bars tasty, they are also super adorable and you could call them “elegant” looking too. They honestly remind me of a dessert you would find at a high end restaurant.
Since this is a chilled dessert, it will be a perfect make ahead holiday dessert idea. Not much baking to occupy oven space that is needed when doing holiday baking.




INGREDIENTS

8 tbsp softened Butter
3/4 cup Sugar, divided
3/4 cup Flour
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 pkg Pumpkin Pudding Mix (3.4 oz) + 1 3/4 cup Milk
OR Homemade Pumpkin Pudding
8 oz thawed Frozen Whipped Topping

DIRECTIONS

- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line an 8×8″ dish with aluminum foil.
- Cream the butter and 1/4 cup sugar until creamy.
- Beat in the flour until well blended.
- Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake 25 minutes or until lightly brown on edges.
- Allow to cool.
- Beat together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended.
- Spread over cooled crust.
- Prepare homemade pumpkin pudding (and allow to cool) or combine pudding mix and milk and beat for 3 minutes until barely thickened.
- Spread pudding over the cream cheese.
- Refrigerate until pudding is set (I left mine in overnight)
- Remove from pan by lifting foil.
- Cut into bars.
- Spread whipped topping over bars.