Our annual Friendsgiving is coming up, and we are testing out recipes here on Foggy Dress! Normally, I would grab a special store bought treat, but this year I decided to make something intentional. I’m (Anna that is) sharing my super easy & quick recipe for pumpkin bars that you should definitely consider taking to your holiday dinner.
When I was a poor and starving college student, I worked in our Human Resources department as a work-study student. I loved that job mostly because my boss was like a second mom. She would bring me tasty homemade treats and listen to me complain about my classes. Every fall Noelle would make these PUMPKIN BARS! They literally put a smile on my face and made my day (because good food does that to me).
This upcoming Friendsgiving gave me the perfect excuse to make a bunch of pumpkin bars, “taste test” a handful, and remember those good old college days. Be it a bake sale, dinner party, or a treat to share with a friend having a hard day, I hope these bars will bring you and your friends warm fall feelings!
Happy Holidays! -abc
1 Cup oil
2 ¼ Cups sugar
1 (15oz) Can of Pumpkin
2 Cups Flour
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 Cup walnuts, optional
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Beat eggs, oil, and sugar. Add sugar one cup at a time and gradually introduce into the egg and oil mix. Mix in pumpkin, then gradually add flour (half a cup a time). Once flour and pumpkin are mixed well, add salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir in all the nuts except 1 heaping tablespoon. Pour into greased and floured 17 x 11 inch baking pan (jelly roll pan). Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining nuts on top of frosting. Cut into bars. Top with cream cheese frosting below.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (3oz) package cream cheese, softened
6 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
1 tbsp half and half
1.5 Cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Directions: Beat cream cheese with butter until creamy. Add half and half, powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Place in Ziploc bag, cut off tip and pipe frosting over individual bars.