This terrific recipe for pumpkin bars was submitted by Annette Hess of Eau Claire, WI.
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins or chopped nuts (or combination of both)
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Add sugar, pumpkin purée and oil and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Beat for 1 minute on low speed. Stir in raisins. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- While bars cool, beat cream cheese, butter, mik and vanilla until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled bars.
Makes 36 bars.