How to Make Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

by Carly Jurek

Supplies

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and 2/3 cup sugar (white, granulated)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (3oz) package of regular cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather all ingredients. (See Supplies page).

    Step 2

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Step 3

    In a large bowl, mix 4 eggs, 1 and 2/3 cups sugar, 1 cup vegetable oil and 1 can pumpkin.

    Step 4

    In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp salt. Stir into pumpkin mixture.

    Step 5

    Original recipe ("Paul's Pumpkin Bars") calls for a 10x15 jellyroll pan, but since I don't own one, I used two 8x8 Pyrex glass pans and it worked just the same. Pour mix into two (ungreased) pans.

    Step 6

    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if it's fully done.

    Step 7

    Cream cheese frosting: mix the softened cream cheese (3oz) and softened butter (1/2 cup). Stir in 1 tsp vanilla. Gradually, stir in confectioners' sugar (2 cups), beating until mixture is smooth.

    Step 8

    Add frosting after cooling, and cut into squares. Enjoy!