Pumpkin Bars

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year because of the food. I love anything pumpkin or pumpkin spice. These pumpkin bars are a delicious and easy dessert to make for any fall occasion!

Ingredients for pumpkin bars:

1 16oz can of pumpkin OR 2 ½ cups of mashed fresh pumpkin

1 cup of vegetable oil

4 eggs

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground cloves

OPTIONAL ~ ½ cup of chopped nuts AND/OR ½ cup raisins

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Ingredients for the frosting:img_4155-1

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup softened butter

3 ounces of softened cream cheese

1 tbsp of milk

1 tsp vanilla

 

First, preheat the over to 350º. Then, start by adding the pumpkin, vegetable oil, eggs, and sugar to a mixer. Mix these ingredients until thoroughly combined.img_4134-1

Then add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and ground cloves to the mixer. Combine until thoroughly mixed.

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Once combined, you can add the chopped nuts and/or raisins by gentling mixing them in. Now that the batter is complete, grease a 15x10x1 pan (cookie sheet) and pour the batter into the pan.img_4298-1

Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly. To do this, you pull the sheet out of the oven, and place a toothpick in the center of the pan and see if the batter has cooked all the way through.

Click here to learn how to do the toothpick technique

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Now, set aside the tray to cool and begin making the frosting. Combine all of the ingredients at the same time into a mixer with a whisk attachment and blend until fluffy.

Once the pumpkin bars are cooled, you can gently spread the frosting on top of them.

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Then, they are ready to eat or can be placed in the refrigerator for later.

Enjoy!

 

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