Pumpkin Bars

I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin carving this week to get ready for Halloween. Then last night the Great Pumpkin was on TV. All this pumpkin stuff going on around me made me crave pumpkin bars. Pumpkin is not typically one of my favorite flavors. Someone else can have my slice of pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner! These bars, though, are an exception for me. They’re moist and cake-like in texture, and I love the cream cheese frosting. These bars are very easy to make and they make plenty to share. Just for fun I used a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out the bars just before serving – Pumpkin shaped pumpkin bars. I might be on pumpkin overload! 🙂

4 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Mix eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin in a large bowl. Mix the remaining (dry) ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whip together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Spread on cooled bars.

Happy Halloween!
– Jodi


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