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MICHAEL SYMON Bourbon Pumpkin Bars

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Add a little bourbon to your bars! These treats are great for your Thanksgiving dessert spread.

1 1/2 cups pretzels (ground)
1/2 cup graham crackers (ground)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
pinch kosher salt
6 large eggs (3 separated, yolks only)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons molasses
1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

For the Crust: preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9inch x 13inch sheet tray with nonstick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper overlapping the sides by a couple inches, to create handles.
In a large bowl, add the pretzels, graham crackers, sugar and melted butter and mix to combine. Add a pinch of salt and then press into the bottom of prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Increase oven temperature to 425ºF.
For the Filling: in a large bowl, add the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, brown sugar, bourbon, molasses, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, heavy cream, whole milk, vanilla extract and butter and whisk until smooth.
Pour into the crust and bake at 425ºF for 10 minutes then decrease the oven to 350ºF. Continue to bake for another 30-40 minutes, until the filling is set but slightly jiggly in the center. Remove from the oven to a baking rack to cool completely before refrigerating.
When ready to serve, cut in to bars and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Helpful Tip: bars are a great dessert to easily transport to Thanksgiving dinner!

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