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Pumpkin Bars

November 28, 2012
By Victoria Parsons of Centralia High School Activities

With the holidays quickly coming upon us, this pumpkin bar recipe is a great dessert to have at holiday dinners or just have around the house whenever you crave it. The bars take a total of 45 minutes to make. This recipe will make 48 small bars or 24 large pumpkin bars. They’re delicious and easy to make.

Here is what you’ll need to make it: 

4 eggs

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable 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

And for the icing you’ll need: 

8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

First, you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then, using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until light and fluffy. After that, you stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Then, add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Then, spread the pumpkin batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Lastly, you bake this mixture for around 30 minutes, and let it cool completely before frosting.

Now to make the icing you combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Then, you add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. You stir in the vanilla and mix again. Lastly, you spread this mixture on the cooled pumpkin bars. Enjoy!

“I don’t usually like pumpkin but these were delicious!” -Kaitlyn Dollens

“I could eat so many of these!” -Kennedy Crigler  

“Pumpkin bars are like tasting a piece of heaven!” - Dixon Dollens

I got this recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-bars-recipe/index.html

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