Would you like another pumpkin dessert recipe that is NOT pie? I thought you might! For tonight's yummy Monday, I'm giving you this delicious and super easy Pumpkin Bars recipe. I say "I'm" giving it to you because I'm the one posting it, but to set the record completely straight, Paula Deen gave it to me. And when I say "gave it to me" I mean "put it on the internet" - so really, she gave it to all of us. I have yet to go wrong with Paula - unlike some OTHER famous shmamous cook types, so I don't feel ill nudging you in her direction. It's ok to be friends. Especially when that friendship yields this:
Now, of course this friendship comes with a lot of calories, sugar and some fat. Paula loves her fat. BUT, really, in some instances, it's worth 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
- 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
My pumpkin bars really turned out a lot more like a pumpkin CAKE. So I think next time I'll put mine in a bar pan, not a 9x13. Or, I'll just leave it in the 9x13 and call it a cake instead of bars. Whatever.
mr complimented me on it. That's news, guys.
You see? Liking pumpkin pie really is optional. It's not blasphemous at all to say you hate it.
There are perfectly acceptable alternatives.