Pumpkin Bars

Makes: 24 bars

  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1  15-ounce can  pumpkin
  • 1-2/3  cups  sugar
  • 1  cup  cooking oil
  • 3/4  cup  chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1  recipe  Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
  • Pecan halves (optional)

In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat together eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil. Add the flour mixture; beat until well combined. Stir in chopped pecans, if desired. Spread batter in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Top with pecan halves, if desired. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a medium bowl beat together one 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened; 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened; and 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, beating until smooth.

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