Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumpkin Bars

Kicking off the first day of fall with Pumpkin Bars!  The little midgets were very excited to smell [and taste] these when they came home from school.

We'll pretend the weather is cooling down, and I can dive into my "fall only" recipes.  This, of course, includes all things pumpkin.  I absolutely LOVE pumpkin anything.  It's very warm and comforting!

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz. pumpkin
  • 1 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 c. applesauce
  • 3/4 c. chopped pecans [optional]
  • cream cheese frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, pumpkin, sugar and applesauce with electric mixer until combined.  Add the flour mixture; beat until well combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.  If desired, stir in chopped pecans.  Spread the batter into a 15x10x1 inch pan.  [I spray mine with non-stick spray.]
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  Frost.  Cut into squares.  Cover and refrigerate to store.
Cream Cheese Frosting**
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy.  Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
**This will give you enough for a thin, thin layer of frosting.  If you like a thicker layer, double the frosting!

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