It's Pumpkin Palooza week and here is a recipe that lives up to its name.
The BEST Pumpkin Bars Ever
No kidding - these are the ones! I don't know if I ever tasted a pumpkin "bar", but these things are the bomb! I can't take credit for any part of this - not the title, the recipe or the awesomeness, but I do want to introduce you to one of the most fabulous pumpkin things I have ever eaten.
I found this recipe through a beautiful photograph on Pinterest. That led me to Mique at 30 Handmade Days and her great recipe. Click through the link to her post and the recipe; it's written out in a way you can print it or save it.
These bars are definitely not for those on a diet - they are made with oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin and a few other ingredients. They have a consistency almost like a moist brownie. The frosting is a homemade cream cheese frosting (which I plan to use on many more recipes). They can be baked in a shallow pan like a cookie sheet. I chose to use a 9 x 13" pan, so mine are deeper and denser.
The taste? You can eat them cold, or better yet, warmed with the frosting melting slightly. When they're cold, they taste like a wedge of pumpkin pie, but with a firmer consistency. When they are warmed up, they melt in your mouth. They stay firm and moist, even after a couple of days. We stored them open in the refrigerator and cut them as we ate them, and they never dried out.
These pumpkin bars passed the picky test with my kids and husband, which is impressive for a pumpkin dish. This recipe is definitely a keeper and one I plan to pull out for a party this weekend.