Pumpkin Bars

With Thanksgiving coming fast and furious, it’s time to prep your pies and other goodies for the big feast. I’m not a pumpkin pie person myself, which leaves me in a bit of a conundrum for the holiday. I thought by finding a spin on the typical pumpkin pie ingredients, that I could redeem myself.

These Pumpkin Bars were very easy to create and make enough for the whole family. The fluffy cream cheese frosting is just sweet enough to compliment the light, pumpkin layer. Give them a shot for a pumpkin pie alternative this Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yields: 20 bars

Ingredients for Bars:wpid-20151101_161822.jpg

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

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  • 6 oz cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Directions for Bars:wpid-20151101_162421.jpg

1.) Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream sugar and eggs together until well mixed. Next add oil and pumpkin until well incorporated.

2.) Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix until smooth.wpid-20151101_163627.jpg

3.) Pour into 10 1/2 X 15 1/2 inch baking pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Directions for Frosting:

1.) Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and wpid-20151101_181724.jpgcreamy.

2.) Next alternate adding the powdered sugar and milk until well incorporated and frosting has a light and fluffy consistency.

3.) Once bars are cool, spread frosting over the top.

Notes and Tips:

  • It’s best to have the butter and cream cheese at room temperature for the frosting.
  • Bars can be stored covered in the refrigerator for a few days or you can freeze the pan and cut off pieces as needed. The bars have a richer flavor¬†when served cold.

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Great Pumpkin Cookies

Happy November! When I think of November, apples and pumpkins come to mind. Now I’m the first to admit, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin-flavored sweets – until I tasted these cookies. In college, my friend’s mom would send these cookies in a care package every Fall, and my friend was kind enough to share them! After the first year, I was hooked.

These cookies have just enough pumpkin flavor without being overwhelming. They also have a fluffy, cake-like texture, and the oatmeal and chocolate chips add another dimension. They are similar to cut-out cookies in the sense that you can eat them plain, or decorate them to your heart’s content! Have a happy Fall, and enjoy!

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