Pumpkin Bars

PumpkinBarsThese pumpkin bars are my go to recipe for fall events. They are moist and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 c white sugar
  • 1 c canola oil
  • 15oz pumpkin purée (canned)
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Mix eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin in a medium bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir into the pumpkin mixture until combined.
  4. Grease a 10X15 jelly roll pan and pour batter into pan. (These can also be baked in a square baking dish. You’ll just get a bigger, more cake like bar).
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

You can frost with cream cheese, buttercream, or any other frosting that sounds appealing to you.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3oz package of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 c softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c confectioners sugar

Directions

  1. Cream together cream cheese and butter.
  2. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Add confectioners sugar a little at a time.
  4. Beat until icing is smooth.

Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 c softened unsalted butter
  • 3-4 c confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tbs milk or heavy cream

Directions

  1. Beat butter for a few minutes with electric mixer on medium.
  2. Add 3 c of the confectioners sugar a little at a time while mixing on low.
  3. Turn electric mixer back to medium and the vanilla and milk/cream. Mix for three minutes.
  4. If frosting is not stiff enough, add more sugar.  If frosting is too stiff, add more milk 1 tbs at a time.

These are also delicious topped with walnuts or a drizzle of chocolate!

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