Pumpkin Pie Bars
2/3 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 3/4 C. flour
1 1/2 C. walnuts (optional)
1 (16 oz.) can sold-pack pumpkin
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. light molasses
2 eggs, beaten
2 t. of pumpkin pie spice
2 t. of vanilla extract
With mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Stir in flour and walnuts until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup of mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture on bottom of 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 baking pan. Bake at 350°F. for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, blend pumpkin, condensed milk, molasses, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla; pour over pastry crust.
Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 30-35 minutes more until set. Cool on wire rack in pan. Store covered in the refrigerator.