With Thanksgiving only days away, I thought I would post a delicious recipe that Mary Jo’s co-worker Julie would make and bring to work. The way Mary Jo puts it, “People would be all elbowing each other to get a piece of Julie’s pumpkin bars!” That kind of endorsement convinced me that this should be shared. You too could be the hit of the party by making and serving these moist, cream cheese frosting topped bars.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 15- oz can Libbey’s pure pumpkin
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter , room temperature
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 3- ounce package regular cream cheese , chilled and cut into chunks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons half-and-half , whipping cream or milk.
- In small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.
- In large bowl, beat together the sugars, eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla for about 60 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until smooth.
- Pour into a greased 11” X 17” rimmed sheet pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating after 10 minutes. Bars are done when they’re just turning brown around the edges and pulling away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake or the bars will be dry.
- Cool completely before frosting.
- Beat butter and powdered sugar until smooth, add the cold cream cheese and beat just until combined. Beat in the vanilla and half-and-half until smooth.
- Once you’ve added the cream cheese, don’t beat any longer than necessary because cream cheese gets runny when beat too long.
- Frost the completely cooled bars.
- Leftovers should be covered and refrigerated.
This is an easy recipe to put together and the end result is much more than the sum of it’s parts. When I was doing the photos of these, I actually had to grab a piece and eat it! They are scrumptious! Enjoy!