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Chewy Pumpkin Caramel Bars



  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup solid pack canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 27 caramels, unwrapped (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, divided


  1. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large mixer bowl.
  2. Add pumpkin and oil; beat until blended (batter will be thick).
  3. Spread two-thirds batter into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  5. Combine caramels and evaporated milk in small saucepan; stir over low heat until caramels are melted.
  6. Pour caramel mixture over baked layer; sprinkle with 1/4 cup nuts.
  7. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoons over caramel mixture; sprinkle with remaining nuts.
  8. Return to oven for 20 to 25 minutes (top layer will be slightly soft).
  9. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.


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