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posted: 09/15/14

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These Easy Pumpkin Spice Bars come together in under 20 minutes start to finish and are so soft and full of flavor!

These Easy Pumpkin Spice Bars come together in under 20 minutes start to finish and are so soft and full of flavor!

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This past weekend we walked Al’s Run, which benefits Children’s Hospital, the place where Elliot spent his short life, in memory of Elliot for the fifth year in a row. (This is a crazy good recipe, so feel free to skip the post and just jump down to the recipe, I don’t judge ;) )  I have a love hate relationship with Al’s Run. It’s stressful getting our team organized, I always feel crappy that I haven’t raised as much money as I want to, and there is nothing quite like doing a run with people who love you solely for the purpose of honoring the memory of your child.

To say it’s a tough day, is such an understatement. And then, of course, it comes at such a rough time of year, right around the anniversary of Elliot’s short life.

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I’m not going to lie, this year was just as hard as any other year has been. But like I said, it’s a love hate relationship. The love part of it is so many things. Seeing my kids walk for the memory of their brother.

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Having friends and family take time out of their very busy lives to support us. And even more than that, having them understand that it’s a hard day. They’ll look at me and say, “You okay?” And if I just nod, they don’t ask more questions. They just let me be. They’re just there for me.

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Seeing my kids and my nieces and nephews walk with Elliot’s name on their backs . . . it’s both agonizing and so lovely. I love seeing it. The picture above is my nephew and Gavin walking together talking about video games :)

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So every year after Al’s Run we have the friends and family back to our house to thank them for supporting us. And this year I decided to keep things pretty simple and make some super Easy Pumpkin Spice Bars for dessert.

These literally come together in less than five minutes and then bake for 15. They are delicious straight out of the oven! So you can have a seriously yummy pumpkin treat in less than 20 minutes. Winner!

These Easy Pumpkin Spice Bars come together in under 20 minutes start to finish and are so soft and full of flavor!

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Bars

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Ingredients

  • 17.5 oz sugar cookie mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 4 TBSPs butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan.
  • In a large bowl mix together the sugar cookie mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree, butter, and vanilla until fully combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter into a thin, but even layer, in the pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
Author: Lisa Longley

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These Easy Pumpkin Spice Bars come together in under 20 minutes start to finish and are so soft and full of flavor!

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  1. Mir says

    Organizing the run is so good of you! Even though it must be hard to coordinate.
    These bars…love that they use mix, and are so easy and delicious! Can’t wait to give them a whirl!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Such a great cause. <3 And I love these bars!

  3. [email protected] says

    So glad we can walk with you ever year. I know it’s a hard day for you but somehow you always pull it off, and you do it well. Like making cookie bars for it! And awesome ones, at that!!

  4. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    Oh sweetie! My heart just breaks every time I think of what you’ve gone through. You are such a source of strength and inspiration and I am in awe of you – each and every day. These bars are flippin fantastic and I’m sure were devoured by your friends and family. Sending a hug your way girl! (Pinned!)

  5. Sherlyn says

    My heart hurts for your loss.

  6. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says

    Pumpkin Spice Bars are my jam! These look delightful!

  7. Peggy says

    Thank you for this great recipe but even more thank you for sharing your journey. I lost a son 6 years ago and I know what the bitter/sweet memories of these days are like. Keep it up, I am sure it means so much to so many. So sorry for your loss.
    Regards,Peggy

    • Lisa Longley says

      Peggy, I hate hearing that other people have experienced the loss of a child, but at the same time there is a comfort in knowing we aren’t alone, don’t you think?

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