It’s Officially Fall!!! That means everything PUMPKIN comes out!!! I love pumpkin so much and love to have it in anything! This year Starbucks even surprised the country with bringing the pumpkin spice latte out a month early! I was in Heaven let me tell you!!! Moving on….. These pumpkin bars are a simple easy recipe that will get your pumpkin fix and so much more. SO Light, Fluffy, Moist, and a perfect bundle of pumpkin all in one! I also had to top it with my cream cheese frosting to give it that extra sweetness that it needs! I hope you enjoy these pumpkin bars!!! Yummm
Here’s what you’ll need…
1 2/3 cups of sugar
1 cup of Vegetable Oil- or substitute with apple sauce
15 ounce can of pumpkin
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsps of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
First things first before you dive into the delicious can of pumpkin….Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In a bowl or a kitchen aid mixer combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin on medium speed until light and fluffy.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Hand mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just combined. I just mixed it with a wooden spoon! WARNING- Do not overmix.
Next, spread the batter into the prepared 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. About an hour!
Now for the yummy frosting! In a kitchen aid mixer or regular mixer cream the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again.
Spread on cooled pumpkin bars. Or Place cream cheese in a plastic bag and cut a whole in one corner and squeeze a dallop on each square after slicing square size to your liking.
Eat, Enjoy, and be HAPPY!