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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Bars

Are you ready to break out the pumpkin again? I am...especially after eating these Pumpkin Spice Bars. I'm not sure where this recipe came from, as I've carried it around for quite some time...but it's a DaNDy! It's one of those recipes that I saw and thought that I would like to make "someday", but it just didn't scream at me to "MAKE TODAY". So the recipe ended up being thrown in a pile with all of my other recipes. Several days ago, I was going through my recipes, looking for something yummy to make and this one popped out, so I thought I would give it a try. Later, after it was cooked and I was eating a piece...I wondered WHY in the world DIDN'T I make it LONG before NOW...IT JUST MELTED in my mouth. It's a keeper, thats for sure. If you love pumpkin, don't "wait" like I did to make this recipe...it's screaming for you to make it today...you will love it!!! Its so stinkin good!!!!

Pumpkin Spice Bars

2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves

In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredient and set aside.

1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. Canola oil
1 1/4 c. sugar
4 eggs

Combine pumpkin, applesauce, oil, sugar and eggs. Stir with a hand mixer until well blended. Add dry ingredient, mix gently with a wooden spoon, just until wet ingredient is combined. Don't over mix as it will make your bars tough. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (mine took 35 minutes) or until it passes the toothpick test. Cool completely before frosting. Refrigerate after frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cube butter, softened but NOT melted
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 T. cinnamon

Mix butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add sugar, a small amount at a time. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Whip until fluffy. Frost bars. ENJOY!



  1. In my opinion, pumpkin is something to be enjoyed year round. Why wait? Your bars look super good and that frosting is definitely a nice touch. I hope you'll come by and link this up to Sweets for a Saturday #5. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-5.html

  2. It's ALWAYS time for pumpkin. This looks sooooo good. I WILL be baking this today!