Pumpkin Bars, 5 points+

by DanicasDaily on October 18, 2012

This is a “secret” recipe that I received from my best friend in college. These pumpkin bars are so moist they practically melt in your mouth.  You really can taste each layer of flavor from the moist spice cake to the vanilla cream cheese frosting to the roasted walnuts.  The best part is that they are easy to make and perfect when you need to take a “treat” somewhere this holiday season.

I honestly believe that you should eat healthy 80% of the time for the 20% of the time you come across treats like this.  I guarantee everyone (even non pumpkin lovers) will LOVE this recipe. I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t.

Since I want to preserve her cool way of writing recipes, I am going to post this in her format – she always writes her recipes simple like this and I LOVE it!

THE BEST PUMPKIN BARS YOU WILL EVER EAT! (print here)

Pumpkin Bars Recipe

BAKE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 12” x 18” or a Jelly Roll Pan (15” x 10”) pan with nonstick spray.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and the cake springs back when touched.

CREAM

  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar

BLEND IN

  • 15 oz can pumpkin (2 cups)

FOLD IN

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

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Cool completely before frosting (about 1 hour).

FROSTING

  • 3 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup Powder Sugar

SPRINKLE

with 1 cup Roasted, Chopped Walnuts ~ Roast at 400 for 7 minutes, cool, chop and sprinkle.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars with Nuts

Do you really want to know the nutritionals??  See, not as bad as you think :D  It honestly makes a huge platter of bars ~ depending on the size you cut them ~ 36 squares.

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ONLY 5 points+ a BAR based on 36 bars!

Pumpkin Bars with Walnuts

This is one of my all time FAVORITE recipes that I make EVERY year.  You can actually make it year round, just make sure to freeze 15 oz of pumpkin to unthaw whenever you have a craving to bake up some of these moist, creamy, nutty, decadent pumpkin bars.

If you make one recipe this Fall, make this one….for Halloween, for Thanksgiving….just because you can. 

Tomorrow is going to be such a busy, but, fun day starting with Starbuck’s with The Husband, lunch in the city with my Sis and the Foodbuzz Festival is starting with the cocktail party and dining around town!!  I will be Facebooking, Tweeting, Insta-Gramming and most likely Pinning all the festivities of the weekend.  I will see you all tomorrow or Saturday with a festival recap.

For now….I am going to bed to hopefully make this cold go away.

Night all!

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