Recipe by dicentra
From Sunset Magazine. Most pumpkin bars are topped with a cream cheese frosting. These swirl it right into the bar! ETA: I'm still on the hunt for a pumpkin pie like bar. These are more cake like, but very yummy!
Top Review by djafishfria
I really like this recipe. I wanted to use up some pumpkin, and make bars that I could wrap for selling at a food stand. These worked great, as the cream cheese added to the appearance and a good flavor, but it was well baked in so I didn't have to worry about the bars getting runny. Good flavor, and pretty easy to make. I made in a 9 by 13- no prob
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
Directions See How It's Made
- In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth.
- Beat in 2 eggs, pumpkin, and 1/3 cup water until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg; stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended.
- Spread batter evenly in a buttered and floured 10- by 15-inch baking pan.
- In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, remaining egg, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.
- Drop cream cheese mixture in 24 evenly spaced 1-tablespoon portions over batter.
- Pull a knife tip through filling to swirl slightly into batter.
- Bake in a 350° oven until center of pumpkin batter (not cream cheese mixture) springs back when touched, about 30 minutes.
- Let cool completely in pan, then cut into 24 bars.