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September 10, 2009

I made a pan of pumpkin bars to bring to our morning MOMS Club play date…everyone asked for the recipe, so here it is! I frosted mine with cream cheese frosting, but you could also just dust them with powdered sugar.

Classic Pumpkin Bars

2 c all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

4 eggs

1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin

1 2/3 c sugar

1 c cooking oil

¾ c chopped pecans (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

Pecan Halves (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat together the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil with an electric mixer until combined. Add the flour mixture; beat until well combined. If desired, stir in chopped pecans. Spread batter in an ungreased 15x10x1 inch pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Frost. Cut into squares. Cover and refrigerate to store.

***you could certainly substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil and half of the sugar. It changes the texture ever so slightly, but not enough to really matter***

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