Friday, November 20, 2009

Pumpkin Bars

I rarely make a point to make dessert when i cook a meal, but since i have volunteered to bring a dessert to my work's Thanksgiving potluck this coming week, i figured i should test it out on my family - since i've never actually made it before.

Ohhhh my goodnesssss. It is AMAZING, let me tell you.



This one is also from Taste of Home. It's from their "Winning Recipes" cookbooks - all of the recipes in this book were contest winners. & you can tell it! =)

I had never made anything Pumpkin before!! I was kind of worried! But it turned out DELICIOUS! & the SMELL makes your whole house smell nice! =)

Pumpkin Bars
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin*
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

(for icing)
1 pkg (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-2 tbsp. milk

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda & salt; gradually add it to the pumpkin mixture & mix well. Pour into an ungreased 15X10 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes (ours took the full 30) or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For icing, in a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, butter & vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency for spreading. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

*regarding the "solid-pack pumpkin" - i had read before i saw this, in a different recipe, a note that said "make sure the can says "solid pack"." However, i had no clue what that meant. When i went to the store, there was NO can that said "solid-pack", only "100% pure pumpkin". That is what i used & it was DELICIOUS! So don't let the wierd terminology scare you! (Of course it probably only scared me. But whatever.)
If you are calorie counting: Pumpkin Bars Recipe - Calorie Count


1 comment:

The Neffs said...

Thanks for sharing! Mmmm...These look yummo! I would love to have one and a cup of chai. Sounds like a little piece of heaven! Have a wonderful weekend.