Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sometimes there are recipes you just don't mess with. They are the ones you grew up with, and are the traditional go to recipe. Like my Pumpkin Bars. The recipe was in the first cookbook my grandmother got me many many moons ago. On rare occasion, I have tried other recipes, but I always end up back here with my never fail, delicious every time, crowd pleasing Pumpkin Bars. 

Fill the Cookie Jar was open for Halloween or Pumpkin bars/cookies this month, so I thought it was high time I share this, and get this recipe added to my blog. Some day my poor cookbook is going to fall apart, and I certainly don't want to ever lose this recipe.

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Pumpkin Bars

2 c. sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
15 oz can pumpkin
2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 x 15 pan, set aside.  In large bowl, beat sugar and oil until smooth.  Add eggs, and pumpkin, mix until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until completely combined. Add nuts if desired.

Bake for 30 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Set aside to cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 tsp cream, as needed

In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Gradually add powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Add cream as needed to reach spreading consistency. When bars are completely cooled, spread with frosting.

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  1. ok. i'll eat a pumpkin bar, but it needs to have about three times as much frosting on it to make me happy. too much? :)

  2. These look delicious. This is my favorite way to eat a sweet like this. I can get the perfect size and not feel like I waste. I am with Grace - I would need more frosting! Such a great recipe to add to the Fill The Cookie Jar. I am always excited to see what you share. Thanks for being a part of the group.

  3. I love pumpkin. This pumpkin treat wouldn't last long around here!

  4. These sounds so good, perfect for a cool autumn day. I also love your cream cheese frosting, must give it a try.

  5. No need to mess with perfection! And these bars look like perfection to me.

  6. This really looks amazing - I love that bar contains only a few, delicious ingredients - perfect for Fall! Definetely making this and pinning! :)

  7. Oh, I love and adore pumkpin and these pumpkin bars are right up my alley :) I must make some soon, my friend. Happy weekend! Hugs

  8. I love anything with pumpkin! These bars look terrific!

  9. I love the smell of pumpkin recipes baking on a cool autumn day! And this would go so well with a nice cup of tea!

  10. These looks delicious. And I agree with Jean - pumpkin always smells so nice.

  11. Yum! I love a good pumpkin bar. To me that is how you know it is really fall, the pumpkin bars start appearing and it is magnificent!!! I will have to try this recipe for sure!

  12. These look so delicious! I love a good cream cheese frosting!! Shared on my Facebook page! :)

  13. Totally agree! We love pumpkin bars. What is really funny, I made them this week too. :-)
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. I love pumpkin bars... so good and with cream cheese frosting.. yes please.

  15. These look great, I am pinning for later. #Foodie FriDIY

  16. I love pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting and the house smells so good while baking.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  17. I can see why you keep coming back to this recipe- it looks absolutely perfect! YUM!