Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Perfect Pumpkin Bars


 There is a place we have here in town that makes the best pumpkin bars. They are literal perfection. I decided I wanted to try to emulate the recipe but I'm not one of these cooks who can taste what's in a dish and make a copy cat off the top of my head. My husband, he's one of those lucky cooks, but I'm not. Lucky for me, the internet is a great source for everything, including copy cat recipes. I found one on Jodi's blog, Beacon of Hope and decided to give it a go.

You'll Need:
4 eggs
1 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinammon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

For the Frosting:
1 package cream cheese softened (8 ounce)
1/2 cup of butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until incorporated. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until combined. Spread batter evenly into ungreased pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven. Cool before frosting.

To make the frosting cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioner's sugar a little at a time beating mixture until smooth. Spread evenly on to of cooled bars.

I usually like to add my own flare to a recipe but since I wanted to get as close to said famous pumpkin bars as I could I didn't add anything else. I'd love to recreate these with white chocolate, nuts and different variations of frosting! The end result was extremely similar to the pumpkin bars I was trying to emulate. The frosting was still slightly cream cheesier than the bakery ones, however these turned out delicious so no complaints from me!



I used my special Halloween spatula in the making of these bars and I'm convinced it made them taste that much more of holiday goodness.





If you end of making these bars in any variation, let me know I would love to hear how they turned out! Also if you have a good recipe for pumpkin bars, leave me the link! XO

20 comments:

  1. Perfect indeed!! I think your Cute Halloween spatula added even more love and goodness to these scrumptious looking bars!! Yummo!! Want one for my lunch dessert now, lol!! Have a terrific and tasty Tuesday beautiful!!! ;-)

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    1. LOL I'm glad you appreciate the power of my Halloween spatula ;) Thanks so much for stopping in my beautiful friend, I hope you are having an absolutely fabulous Tuesday! XO -Kim

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  2. Oh my gosh, I need to make these! I love anything pumpkin and these sound absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Kim. I can't wait to try these out.

    xo, Liz
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    1. Liz, I warn you now you will be tempted to eat the whole pan! Maybe that's just me? I have no self control LOL! They are truly amazing though! And really easy which is saying something because although I love to bake I always struggle with not burning things or undercooking things because I'm a total space case when it comes to cooking! I hope you're having a wonderful week! XO -Kim

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  3. How adorable is your spatula! I need one! I've never had pumpkin bars before but I think I'll have to give them a try for Halloween!

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    1. Aww thank you, lovely lady! They are very good but very addicting! I hope you have a wonderful day lovely! XO -Kim

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  4. These look so tasty!! I love the frosting on the top! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. They are addicting for sure! Thanks so much for stopping in gorgeous! XO -Kim

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  5. Looks delicious :)
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    Maria V.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in lovely! XO -Kim

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  6. These sound AND look perfect! I will be saving this recipe, thank you so much for giving it a go and sharing with us, hon :)
    I LOVE your spatula <3
    Hope you are doing fab and having a fantastic week, girlie!
    xox Nadia
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    1. These are really good! Thanks so much for stopping in my gorgeous friend, I hope you are having a wonderful week! Love and hugs! XO -Kim

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  7. That Halloween spatula is freakin' so cute and you are such a great baker Kim, it looks amazing! Hope you have a wonderful day you badass angel! <3 <3 <3

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    1. I love you Rainbow, you are so amazing! The Halloween spatula definitely makes me want to bake more this month! Hope you are having a great day and week my beautiful friend! XO -Kim

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  8. This sounds so tasty! I'm definitely going to have to give this a try, great post my beautiful friend!

    Ella xx

    www.ellaselement.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Ella, you gorgeous girl! I hope you guys enjoy them! XO -Kim

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  9. Mmmm these look SO delicious! I really need to give this recipe a try! :)

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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    1. They are sooo good Heather, and so addicting. Thanks so much for stopping by lovely lady! XO -Kim

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  10. These look delicious! I am always on the look out for fun fall/Halloween recipes. Your spatula is really fun too!

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    1. I love baking/cooking during Fall and the holidays, it's probably my favorite time to experiment in the kitchen! Thanks for stopping in my beautiful friend! XO -Kim

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