I’ve really got a love/hate relationship with baking. It is something that I genuinely enjoy, but unfortunately the end product always turns out soo delicious it is difficult to turn down seconds and thirds. Because of this, I decided to never bake something unless I know I can give away most of it to family or friends the next day.
I had those same good intentions the other day when I made these pumpkin bars, but sadly only a quarter of the pan made it out of the house. The rest, my husband and I devoured within 2 days.
Don’t worry, I combated that with some salad eating & just keeping my macros on point the days following. Some days you just have to let yourself indulge a little. It’s all about balance 😉 lol
But really, it’s gotten to the point where I severely limit how often I will make these delicious, surprisingly easy pumpkin bars for fear of eating them all myself.
It’s a family tradition that I really enjoy =) Most of our family traditions are centered around food actually lol Anyway, I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
Now, that we’re entering Fall I think it’s about time I make this again too! Although, this recipe can be made year round too.
Also, the cook time will vary depending on your oven. In the past, these pumpkin bars would take me 25-30 minutes to cook. Now, with our gas oven, our latest batch only took about 15 minutes. So, I would recommend you start checking on them at the 15 minute mark.
To check on them I typically just do the fork test. If it comes out clean, I pull the bars out. Simple.
1 2/3 c sugar
1 c canola oil
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2 c flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 pkg powdered sugar (about half of a 2 pound bag)
In a bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, & salt and them gradually add to pumpkin mixture.
Lightly coat jelly roll pan with cooking spray and pour mixture in.
Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat ingredients together in small bowl until smooth.