In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, one of the biggest sites to hit the internet recently is called Pinterest. Once you sign up for a free account, you begin to “pin” photos of things that you like to “boards” – it can be anything food, clothes, motivational sayings, ideas for around the house and more. If you’re on the site, you can follow me here.
I must blame Stacey from Boston Sweetie for my addiction to this website. I have several food-related boards including “Recipes to Try” and “Awesome Cake Designs.” Through the site, my eyes have broadened to new bloggers and ideas to try in the kitchen like this recipe for pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.
While I was expecting a bar that was more of a brownie consistency, these are cakey and still very, very good. I hope you enjoy!
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
from How To: Simplify
- 4 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
First, preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish. Then, mix the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin with a mixer until light and fluffy. Pour flour, powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda into another bowl and mix.
Pour flour mixture into pumpkin mixture and mix until incorporated and smooth. Pour the batter into the baking dish and level out the batter. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the dish or frosting. Frost the bars when they have cooled. To make the frosting, combine cream cheese and butter in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add the sugar slowly until you reach the desired consistency. Stir in the vanilla.