Thursday, October 16, 2008
My friend Angela and I have started doing "Baking Days" where we get together and bake yummy things and drink yummy warm coffee (or tea!) and have yummy conversation. We then split up our treats and go on our merry ways.
The last two times we've done this (okay, the only two times we've done this), Angela has made these wonderful pumpkin bars. I have a feeling that she may make them every time we have a Baking Day... and there will be no complaints from me! I added the little candy corns faces on top. I saw pumpkin bars similarly decorated on the Taste of Home website and thought it was cute!
*Tip* These bars taste amazing refrigerated!
(Look at the fall colors out my window! Perfect pumpkin baking weather!)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
1. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and sugar.
2. Stir in beaten eggs, oil and canned pumpkin until thoroughly combined. Stir in chopped walnuts.
3. Spread batter into an ungreased 15x10x1 baking pan.
4. Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes.
5. Cool and frost with Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired. Cut into bars. Keep refrigerated
Cream Cheese Frosting
6 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine frosting ingredients in a small bowl; mix until well blended. Spread onto bars before cutting.
(To give the pumpkin bars a Halloween face, I just used candy corn and a little bit of chocolate chips melted with a splash of milk.)