Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sugar-Topped Spiced Pumpkin Bars

My friends, I am saved. At least, I was on Saturday. A friend of mine organized a vendors' open house, and I decided to participate by selling some freezer jam and cookie dough. The requirements were: 1) Bring your product; 2)Bring your own table; and 3) Bring some food to share for the refreshment table. So, 30 minutes before I needed to leave, I went through the list(details tend to ellude me, so don't laugh that I had to review a list of 3 items). Jam and cookie dough packaged and ready to go: CHECK! Table borrowed and ready to be picked up on my way there: CHECK! Yummy goodie made for the food table: CRAP! I did get a little panicked(no you are NOT allowed to ask my kids if I was only a little panicked), until divine inspiration stepped in and reminded me of this recipe. It's been a few years since I've made these bars, since I tend to forget what I've cooked and where I've found the recipes for what I've cooked, but lo and behold! I remembered where the recipe was. I love these! I mean, come on, 30 minutes from looking for the recipe to putting the pan in the car, and it feeds a load of people. Oh, and if you're worried about leftovers, these bars just get moister as the days pass. Spicy, pumpkin-y, deliciously moist goodness, all for 30 minutes of your time.

Pumpkin Bars

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
4 eggs
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1 cup oil or applesauce
1/4 cup molasses
powdered sugar

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add eggs, pumpkin, oil and molasses; mix well. Spread into a greased 15x10 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar.


  1. This looks ridiculous. In a good way! I just made this Nutella Pound cake I saw on one of my fellow bloggers sites and my hubby is complaining. (Too fattening!) And, here I run into this and the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I love, love, love pumpkin anything except pumpkin pie for some reason. Guess I will add this to me "to try" recipe list.

    Thanks for your kind words you left on my recent post. Glad to hear that it is a common theme that we survive these personally challenging times in life. I am sure that there are some at every phase of life. I am afraid to have children...because I don't think I will be able to handle it.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    - Cougs

  2. I am always amazed that all of my boys love things like chocolate chip pumkin bread and carrot cake. This looks like it would fit in perfectly:)

  3. Oh YUM!! I love all things pumpkin!!