Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

I made these quick and easy pumpkin bars tonight with the pumpkin I had left over after making maple-glazed pumpkin cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie last week. Michael suggested I try his mom’s recipe, which was definitely a good idea — they turned out great.

I made half a recipe, which fit perfectly in an 8″ by 11.5″ glass baking dish. If you’re making the entire recipe, use an 11″ by 17″ jelly roll pan instead. Either way, these bars are sure to be a favorite of any pumpkin lover. Cream cheese frosting is the perfect sweet topping to the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors in the bars.

Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars
(Makes an 11″x17″ pan)
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza

For the pumpkin bars:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup melted margarine (I used shortening as a substitute this time)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6 Tbps butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream eggs and sugar. Add remaining pumpkin bar ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into an 11″ by 17″ jelly roll pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool about 30 minutes.

To make the frosting, mix together all ingredients until smooth. Spread over top of cooled bars. Cut and enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars”

  1. Hi There Jane,
    I take your point, OK I had to share this recipe! Its Healthy AND everyone will love it AND it goes great with almost everything -Sweet Potato Fries!

    Ingredients for for Sweet Potato Fries
    1 Sweet potato per person
    non stick cooking spray
    Salt and pepper or seasoned salt or cinnamon (it depends on the flavor you like best).

    Instructions:
    Preheat the oven to 425F

    1. Wash sweet potatoes.

    2. Peel Sweet Potato (this works better if you steam them for 4 minutes first but its not necessary).

    3. Slice lengthwise into � inch strips

    4. Place strips single layer on 18 x 26 x 1� baking tray that has been lightly sprayed

    6. Spray the tops of the sweet potato fries with butter lightly

    7. Sprinkle the seasoning (cinnamon,salt and pepper, or seasoned salt) over tops of the sweet potato fries

    8. Bake the sweet potato fries in 425�F oven for approximately 20 minutes

    9. remove from oven and serve!

    My favorite is the seasoned salt but I did have them with cinnamon one time and they were really good!
    Regards

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