When I was a little girl, (so typical to start this way, but stick with me..) I used to spend a lot of afternoons with my grandmother. She actually shared a two-family home with her in-laws, who essentially became my family and my other set of grandparents. My grandmother Jill always loved having me over after a school day finished, and brought me the most delicious snack: coffee cakes. You know the type: individually wrapped, perfect amount of streusel on top, ultra sweet and super delicious. I had one almost every time I visited, and it made my day.
I spent a few times trying to perfect my coffee cake recipe, even without adding any fun ingredients like particular version, and I'm happy to say I nailed it. Sure, it may not have that swirl in the center, but why try to be like everyone else? I LOVE the way these coffee cake bars came out, and to add a little flare, they're enhanced with... PUMPKIN. I know you're likely rolling your eyes saying "MORGAN, LET IT GO, PUMPKIN SZN IS GONE!" but alas, I don't care. Pumpkin season will live on forever. These pumpkin coffee cake bars are moist, flavorful, topped with a generous amount of homemade streusel, and are so easy to make any day of the week.
These coffee cake bars are insanely easy to make. Oh, and the streusel? BEYOND delicious. This recipe takes a little work at the beginning to prep and chill the streusel, make the coffee cake batter, top with the streusel and bake for half an hour, let rest and you're all set to serve. What I really love about this recipe is the memory the bring me. The minute my tastebuds graze the streusel as I chew, I am instantly transported back in time to when my grandmother would give me that mini, individually wrapped coffee cake from that classic white box. The color of these coffee cake bars come from the added pumpkin puree, but if you wanted to leave the pumpkin out, no harm done, the color just wouldn't be as vibrant as these. No judgment I swear.
You virtually can't go wrong with this recipe. Whether it's a snack, breakfast, dessert, or all of the above, you'll love having a batch handy. I cannot wait to make these again, as I still have a can of pumpkin open in the fridge, and several more in the pantry. If you love the feeling of reminiscing with childhood favorite snacks, you are going to adore this recipe and make it over and over again.
Is there really ever a reason to make coffee cake? I mean, the streusel is the best part. In this case, make it pumpkin. These deliciously fluffy pumpkin coffee cake bars are perfect for any time of day, and are simple for anyone to make!
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