Saturday, October 26, 2013

Why Not Treat the Family and Local Goblins to My Special Pumpkin Bars This Halloween?

Halloween is a great time to make a batch of these scrumptious pumpkin bars to treat family, friends, and perhaps, even local goblins.  More cake-like in texture than cookies, these bars are later topped with a simple, but sinful cream cheese icing to further compliment them.  

From the moment, these bars hit the oven and those fragrant spices are released, you will be counting the clock until they finish.  Be very afraid.  

The scary part is once they come out of your oven.  You will suddenly need to taste one.  Though you know it is wrong because they are still hot and lack that luscious layer of creamy icing, this evil recipe can cause any unsuspecting baker to lose willpower. 

Therefore, I urge you to prepare for the worst if you find yourself lured into this trap.  Make at least two batches of this recipe and save yourself from falling short of these irresistible treats!

With all kidding aside, I hope you get a chance to this recipe because it is yummy!

My Special Pumpkin Bars

4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/4 cup of molasses (dark or light)
1 cup of canola oil
1 can (16-oz. size) of pumpkin or 2 cups
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda, leveled
2 teaspoons of baking powder, leveled

Cream Cheese Icing

1 small (3-oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) of a margarine (not spread), softened
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 cups of sifted confectioners' sugar

To Prepare Bars:

Cream the eggs, sugar, oil, pumpkin, and molasses together thoroughly with your electric mixer in your mixing bowl.

Then sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt.

Add the sifted ingredients to the creamed ingredients and combine well.

Spread the batter in an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1-inch size baking pan.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, depending on how your oven temperature is regulated. 

Test with a tooth pick or slender knife to see if anything sticks.

Cool and before icing.

To Prepare Icing:

Cream the softened margarine with the cream cheese, vanilla, and beat in the confectioners' sugar gradually until using all of it and the ingredients are smooth and creamy.