Harvest Pumpkin Bars

by Cate on February 10, 2004

October 2005 Supper Club, Recipe from Jessica

For the bars

  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Finely diced crystallized ginger

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat a 9X9 or 7 X 11 baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, cream together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon just until smooth. Spread the mixture into the prepared dish.

Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out cleam. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool completely.

Combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the sifted powdered sugar and mix on medium until smooth. If the mixture is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add milk by teaspoons until the frosting is spreadable. Frost the bars and sprinkle with the diced ginger.

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