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Fall Blog Series: Pumpkin Spice Bars

Today, we’re sharing our pumpkin spice bars recipe as part of our Fall Blog Series!

Welcome to the recipe portion of our Fall Blog Series! If you’re visiting from 2 Bees in a Pod, I’m glad you’re here.  My earliest memories can be found in the kitchen.  I can still picture my Mom at the counter looking through cookbooks.  I remember when my Grandma would be at the kitchen sink washing dishes.  Even now when I walk into my Granny’s house I usually find her in the kitchen, apron strings dangling behind her.   All three of these ladies taught me fantastic baking skills, which is perfect because I have a major sweet tooth.  I found this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting thanks to my lady, Betty Crocker a few years ago.  My entire family enjoys this dessert, even the picky eaters, and I know you will too.

091214-1 Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan with cooking spray.  Gather ingredients to make the pumpkin spice bars.

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Step 2: In a large bowl, combine 4 eggs, 2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 1 can (15 oz) of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix).  Beat with whisk until smooth. Full disclosure, I use a stand mixer on low speed with the whisk attachment.

Step 3: In separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon salt.

Step 4: Combine eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, pumpkin, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Beat with whisk until smooth.  I usually add ½ cup dry ingredients mix at a time on low speed until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated with the wet ingredients.

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Step 5: Next add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.  Combine with ingredients listed in Step 4.

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Step 6: Spread in prepared pan.

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Step 7: Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and pumpkin spice bars spring back when touched lightly in center.  The oven and pumpkin spice bars will be hot, use oven safety awareness when checking for readiness.  After removing pumpkin spice bars from the oven, allow to cool completely approximately 2 hours.

Step 8: Gather ingredients to make cream cheese frosting.  You will need 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese softened, ¼ cup butter or margarine, 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 3 cups of powdered sugar (the recipe says 4 cups but 4 cups of powered sugar is too sweet for my family so we only use 3 cups).  Combine cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla.  Beat with electric mixer until smooth.

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Step 9: Gradually beat in powdered sugar ½ cup to 1 cup at a time on low speed until smooth and spreadable.

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Step 10: Spread cream cheese frosting over pumpkin bars once the bars are completely cooled.

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Step 11: Sprinkle with walnuts.  Store covered in the refrigerator.  This recipe will yield approximately 49 bars.

091214-9 I hope you guys enjoy this taste of fall.  I look forward to this recipe every year.  It apparently even brings out the guard dog side of Filbie.  The pumpkin spice bars were cooling on the table right above him.  Just look at that determined face! Do not cross this line!

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Need even more fall recipe inspiration?  Check out game day nachos from The Altered Past, and white chicken chili from 2 Bees in a Pod.

Many blessings for a happy weekend,

CoCo

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14 Comments

  1. Oh yum! I’m drinking a cup of coffee and I wish I had one of these to eat right now! Going to try these ASAP! And Filbie is doing a fine job guarding the pan 😉

    1. Filbie is so sweet. I really think you’ll like these Angie! I wish you were here so we could have coffee together!

  2. Oh Em Gee CoCo! Can’t wait to make (more importantly, eat) these pumpkin bars. And cream cheese icing is our all-time favorite!!! Yum 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. This icing is really sweet Vicki, I think it’s going to be right up your alley!

  3. What a fun blog hop! And CoCo, this recipe sounds so delightful, my sweet tooth is just begging me to make some pumpkin spice bars. Maybe it will help trick us Floridians into thinking its fall outside? 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    1. I wish we got to celebrate the change of the seasons too Lauren! I hope you like these, I love everything with pumpkin!

  4. Is Filbie still standing guard, or can I have one now? These look PERFECT for fall, so I will have two please! Bwg ~~~

    1. Filbie is so sweet. He’s always on guard! I think you’ll really like them Bobbi!

  5. Coco, omg these look so yummy!!!! I love anything pumpkin so can’t wait to make them and eat em up!!!! Have a great weekend, Lisa

    1. I really think you’ll like them Lisa! I love everything with pumpkin too, it’s one of my favorite parts of fall!

  6. These look so delicious and are perfect for this time of year! Can’t wait to try!

    1. Thank you bunches Suzanne! I hope you and the girls like these!

  7. These look so yummy. I am so anxious for fall to get here. I’m planning door decorations and touches to add to my front porch for fall. Eating one of these yummy bars on a newly decorated fall porch sounds heavenly. Calories and all!

    1. Thanks so much Nancy! I’m ready for fall too. I wish I would have brought a few of these to the store on Sunday. It was great to meet you.

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