Monday, October 22, 2012

Homemade Pumpkin Bars

It seems that every place I look, I see pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting! SO you know what I have to my own pumpkin bars using fresh pumpkin! If you haven't baked your pumpkins yet from your own pumpkin puree, follow the instructions here Simply How to Freeze Pumpkin. I baked another pie pumpkin yesterday so rather than freezing it, I made pumpkin bars. I used my old recipe that I've had for years but used fresh pumpkin. You may use canned pumpkin if you prefer.
1 c canola oil
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups fresh pumpkin (or a 15 oz can)
Mix above ingredients together.
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 T pumpkin pie spice or 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
Add dry ingredients and mix well.
Pour into a parchment paper lined 11x15 baking sheet with sides. Bake at 340F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 stick butter, softened
1-2 T heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 cups powdered sugar (depends on consistency you like your frosting)
Mix frosting and spread on cooled pumpkin bars. I cut mine into 36 bars. If you want to save some for later, these bars freeze well. Autumn pumpkin treats are yummy-licious!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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