Pumpkin Bars: Yummy Any Time of the Year

pumpkin bars

This is another one of the terrific recipes from the forums at Mommysavers.com (Pumpkin Bars via Mommy2Mercedes).  I made it last week and it was delicious.  I ate a whole row myself, and brought some to the neighbors.  However, at one point I forgot to cover the bars and my husband came home to find the bars that were remaining had no more frosting.  Our cats had licked it off!  (Gross, I know….  and such a terrible waste of good food!)

Best-Ever Pumpkin Bars
 
This easy recipe is sure to please. Even our cats liked it!
Ingredients
  • BARS
  • 3 eggs
  • 1⅔ C. sugar
  • ¾ C. vegetable oil
  • 2 15-oz. cans pumpkin puree
  • 2 C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • FROSTING
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 C. butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 C. powdered sugar

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir into pumpkin mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Spread the batter into a greased jellyroll pan. Bake for 25 to 30 min. Cool before frosting.
  3. For the frosting, cream cream cheese and butter together. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time. Beat until smooth. Frost cooled bars.

Smucker’s Double Chocolate Diamonds

double chocolate bars

Who knew that Smucker’s Ice Cream toppings could be used in such creative ways?   If you’ve got a jar of Smucker’s fudge, you can make these yummy Double Chocolate Diamonds.  The base of the bar is flour and peanut butter, but the topping is rich fudge doubled up with chocolate chips.  What’s not to like about that?  Next on my list of things to make is this Grilled Poundcake with Blueberry Sauce and Ricotta Cream.  Mmmmm!

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Smucker’s Double Chocolate Diamonds
 
Ingredients
  • No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (11.75 oz.) jar Smucker’s® Hot Fudge Topping
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 15½ x 10½ x 1-inch jelly roll pan with foil. Coat with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. BEAT shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar in large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until creamy. Beat in eggs and almond extract until smooth. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix at low speed just until combined. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  3. BAKE 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack while preparing chocolate layer.
  4. PLACE chocolate chips in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir. Microwave in 15 second intervals until melted and smooth. Stir in hot fudge topping. Microwave on HIGH 15 seconds. Spread over warm baked bars. Sprinkle with walnuts. Chill 1 hour or until chocolate layer is firm.
  5. LIFT bars from pan with foil and place on cutting board. Cut into diamonds by cutting on the diagonal from corner to corner both directions forming a large “X”. Beginning at one center cut, make 1½-inch parallel diagonal cuts on both sides. Repeat with other center cut to form diamonds. Store in refrigerator.