Thursday, October 11, 2012

Favorite Pumpkin Bars

It's pumpkin season!! Whoo-hoo! I love baking in October. Windows slightly opened, kitchen warm from toasty oven heat, fall colors coming through the windows, candles burning, piano music humming from the ipod. Anything pumpkin makes the house smell amazing and the mouths water. Welcome fall!!  These bars are a result of some of the first recipe experimenting I did over 10 years ago in the little kitchen my husband and I used while we lived in our church's old parsonage apartment. There was a variety of cook-books left in that old kitchen and I had so much fun flipping through them and trying some recipes on my new little man and me. After trying a few pumpkin bar recipes, I tweaked a couple to come up with this favorite.  And of my first creations as a home-maker.  
These are simple and oh so tasty. If you bake anything pumpkin this fall, I strongly suggest these! You won't be sorry!

Pumpkin Bars
4 eggs
2 C sugar
1 can pumpkin 
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 C Oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 C Flour

Mix together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oil. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Bake in greased 15 by 10 pan (stone-ware works best!) and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1- 8oz pkg. cream cheese
1/2 C margarine, softened not melted
3 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla 

Cream all ingredients together until smooth, should not be lumpy. Spread over cooled bars.

 I actually added this recipe to our church recipe book years ago. I think it was my only addition to the book!

 If you have stoneware, I strongly encourage doing your baking in it. It makes such a big difference for even baking and no burnt bottoms. Big fan of Pampered Chef stoneware!

  Mmmm, this frosting is everything tasty and nothing lite :) Don't say I didn't warn you!

 Once these are frosted they last about 1-2 days here...

And off they go to neighbors and kids mouths and friends and family. Share the fall love! And as always, serve with a smile and enjoy!!