Sunday, October 05, 2008

Harvest Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin (or 1-15oz. can)
2 cups flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
½ t. salt
¼ t. allspice
¼ cloves

Mix liquid ingredients. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. Pour into prepared sheet pan. Bake at 350° for 25 min. Cool and frost.

Cream Cheese Icing

3 oz. softened (lite) cream cheese
1½ T softened butter
1 t. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix with mixer and spread over cooled bars. (Can be thinned with a little white corn syrup or milk if needed). Sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans. I have also just dusted these bars with powdered sugar when I did not have the frosting ingredients on hand.

Homemade Baking Pan Grease
Mix equal parts: Oil, flour, shortening (Crisco) ...I use one cup each...... and store in sealed container in refrigerator. Brush generously on pans with pastry brush. It is about the consistency of whipped cream (not as airy and a little more runny). Works like a charm! Forget that greasing and flouring pans! I keep mine in a big recycled peanut butter jar. Keeps forever. Just dip the pastry brush in and head for the pans! =)


cheryl said...

I'd work in the field for a taste of those Punkin Bars Mama!!! Yummo!

And thanks for thoe tip! I've never heard of that, but will give it a try! Is it runny, pasty...what? Do you scoop it out with a spoon, then spread with a pastry brush or just glop it out and spread it around with a paper towel?

Anna said...

Ooh goody! I was hoping you'd share the recipe--can't wait to try!!

Sandy B said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe. Will have to bring it for staff meetings @ work. :-)

Janna said...

I might make those after work!!

Kathy said...

Yummy! I love your recipe for pumpkin bars. I have it highlighted in my IHCC cookbook! Next study treats!!! :)

Kathy said...

Now I feel silly---I just looked up my recipe and it's not in the IHCC cookbook. It was in my recipe box. Did you teach this at T.Tuesday one time or something? Somehow I have this recipe. Oh, well. Just didn't want anyone to read my previous comment and go searching through their church cookbooks for it. :)

grammy4him said...

If you have the old, OLD, binder cookbook, it is in there ...without my name on it. (I bet your mom has that one). I didn't know back then that was how we did it! =) Can also be made in a 9x13 as just a cake. It goes fast! =)

The Runge Family said...

We are going to someones house on Saturday. I am in charge of bringing treats.....Now I know what to make.....thanks a ton... Is this cheating?

Michelle Pietzyk said...

Anna brought these bars on Tuesday and I immediately asked her for the recipe. Thanks for sharing it! They are fantastic. I also can't wait to try the homemade baking pan grease. I make lots of cakes and it would save me a lot of work greasing all my different shaped pans!