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Monday, September 28, 2009

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Okay, here we go. This is another classic favorite for fall. This Paula Deen recipe is the best! The cake is super moist and dense and has just the right amount of spices. The cream cheese frosting is amazing! Make them for your next get together and watch them disappear.

Pumpkin Bars
Paula Deen

For the bars:

4 eggs

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil (can substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 cup oil)

15-ounce can pumpkin

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

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