Our sights are set on the holidays but I just can’t move past Thanksgiving without sharing this divine recipe with all of you. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin, especially this time of year. From pumpkin lattes to pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin-flavored cocktails and pumpkin desserts, I truly do savor the flavors of the season.
Several years ago, I came across Paula Deen’s pumpkin bars and they have not only become a tradition in my home but they are requested every year. They are gooey and delicious and the best part is that with one pumpkin bar on your dessert plate, it doesn’t feel as sinful as a giant piece of pie. Here’s the recipe!
– 4 eggs
– 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– 15-ounce can pumpkin
– 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
– 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using the handy dandy electric mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin. The mixture will become light and fluffy–that’s exactly what you want! Stir together the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda) then add to the pumpkin mixture. Mix until batter is smooth. When it’s ready, spread it on to a greased 13×10 inch baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes.
I usually make the frosting while the bars cook. To make the frosting, simply combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add your sugar and continue mixing until fully combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix until creamy. (Note: Licking the spoon is totally allowed.)
Once the pumpkin batter is done baking, set it aside and let it cool completely. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and cut into bars. The bars look so pretty displayed on a cake stand and are perfect for the kiddos too… After all, you can pick them up with your hands! What’s not to love? Happy baking!