I wasn’t planning to post this recipe. I think my blog has an unusually high number of pumpkin recipes and I’ll probably have at least two more this fall that I plan to post, but I made these pumpkin bars for a potluck at work and two separate coworkers asked me to post the recipe, so here it is…
There is also a tiny backstory to this recipe. They were not really my idea. I was going to make oreo rice crispy treats, but my Mom told me that sounded gross, and suggested making these bars, it was also her idea to put the little pumpkins on top. I guess that just goes to show that moms know best.
I also have to put in a little plug for pumpkin spice kisses. I saw them on another blog and knew I had to find them. They are in the Halloween section at Target and are a nice blend of white chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I’m sure I’ve said this before on the blog, it’s not so much that I actually like the pumpkin, I really just like the pumpkin pie spices, so these little guys are awesome.
Recipe: (From Brenda Keller via allrecipes.com)
For the bars:
- 4 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350F. I prepared at 10x15x1 baking pan by lining it with parchment paper and trimming the ends. With a hand or stand mixer blend the eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and pumpkin. Once mixed add in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the toothpick test works. Cool completely.
For the cream cheese frosting:
- 1 (3 oz) package of cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp milk
Cream the butter and cream sugar together with a hand or stand mixer until incorporated well. Incorporate the vanilla, then add the powdered sugar in one or two batches. Add milk to thin frosting to your liking (I was probably closer to 1.5 Tbsp and actually used cream because I had it on hand)
If you are feeling festive for Halloween or fall add mellowcreme pumpkins on top!