Pumpkin Spice Bars
Hello Fall! These traditional pumpkin spice bars are perfect for this season! It’s all you can ask for from a dessert bar! Soft, full of flavor and easy to make.
This is my favorite season! Beautiful Fall leaves, temperatures are perfect, and the food….let’s talk about the food! It’s all about comfort food, I might shed a tear of happiness just thinking about my loves!
TIPS AND TRICKS
FLOUR: Measure your flour correctly! Too much flour and change the texture and flavor of your bar.
MIXING: Do not over mix the batter. Over mixing will make your bar denser and not as light of bar.
THICKER BARS: If you love a thicker bar, you can use a smaller baking dish. Take off at least 10 minutes cooking time. Please make sure to keep an eye on them, because each oven heat can be different.
FROSTING: To make frosting time easier, place your bars in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Your frosting will spread easier.
STORING: Keep you bars covered with a lid or plastic wrap. They will stay fresh up to 3 days. If you want to freeze them, leave off the frosting and place them in an airtight container. They should store up to 3 months.
JAZZ IT UP: Mix in a cup of chocolate chips for a pop of flavor, or you can drizzle a little homemade caramel on top! Yum!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 sticks butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- optional: raw sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line the 9x13 pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily lift the bars (as a whole).
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in a large bowl. Set aside. Whisk the butter, eggs, brown sugar, sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a mixer or whisk until completely combined. Batter will be thick.
- Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 28-35 minutes. Baking times vary, The bars are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the top or edges of the bars browning too quickly, loosely tent with aluminum foil.
- Remove the bars from the oven. Let bars cool for about 45 minutes, you can place the bars in the refrigerator to speed things up!)
- Make the frosting: In a large bowl using a mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter together on high speed until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat until everything is combined. Spread the frosting on the cooled bars. To help “set” the frosting, refrigerate for 30 minutes before slicing and serving. This makes cutting easier and less messy.
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