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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Bars

Lately the "phantom" has been leaving treats in our neighborhood. One night he left some pumpkin bars. Since people really liked them, he left me the recipe, which he got from a friend (Neisha), who got it from allrecipes.com.

Pumpkin Bars
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 2/3 c. sugar
1-15 oz. can pumpkin puree
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. salt

1-3 oz. pkg. cream cheese-softened
1/2 c. butter-softened
1 t. vanilla
2 c. sifted powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowlmix the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin with mixer until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined. Spread batter evenly into an ungreased 10x15 jelly roll pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream together cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, beating until smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars. Cut into squares. You can garnish the top any way you like, or if you are a purist, like me, just leave them plain.


  1. We love these pumpkin bars. They are easy to make and I love that they are made in a jelly roll pan - I have found that a regular old cake pan does not supply enough for our demand. When I make them for the family, I am too lazy to make frosting, so I just dust them with a little powdered sugar - they are a hit!

  2. Neisha brought me these one Sunday last year when I was sick. Oh they were divine! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. P.S. Smith's cream cheese in $.88 right now, and it doesn't expire until April! Time to stock up!

  4. I forgot to include the oil when I posted this, so I have now added it. If you tried to make them and they turned out weird, its my fault!