This is a crazy recipe for me to post because I don’t like anything pumpkin – pumpkin spice, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, none of it. My nose turns up to everything pumpkin except for one thing: these incredible pumpkin bars. I know it doesn’t make sense, but these pumpkin bars are just that good.
This pumpkin bar recipe is actually my mother-in-law’s. She makes them every fall, and they usually last about a day or so before they are all gobbled up. This year I decided to try to make them myself, and was pleasantly surprised by how incredibly easy they are to make. Just make sure you have a big enough jelly-roll pan so that the batter is at least an inch thick after you pour it into the pan.
The cream cheese frosting is also quite easy to make and definitely worth the extra effort. I had never made my own cream cheese frosting before, but after today I won’t be going back to store-bought. That packaged frosting doesn’t hold a candle to this homemade delicacy.
Below you will find the recipe to my mother-in-law’s pumpkin bars. Be warned though: you can’t eat just one. Also, don’t be surprised if you find yourself making them more than once this fall season. They go pretty fast. Let me know if you try them out and how you like them. If you are looking for other sweet treats, check out my Pecan English Toffee recipe.
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 4 Eggs
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 cup Pumpkin puree
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 pkg Cream Cheese
- 1/2 cup Softened Butter
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Milk
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly
- Pour into large greased jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream together cream cheese and room temperature butter
- Gradually add powdered sugar.
- Add vanilla and milk
- Continue to mix until smooth.
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