Monday, September 15, 2014

Feeling Witchy - Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars

 

There was a nip in the air over the weekend, and that's all it took to start decorating.  Last fall, I found some vinyl lettering and made a sign for the gossip bench in our bedroom.

 
 I crave the scents of  fall and have been gathering recipes to start baking. Last year, I made fabulous Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars from the blog Faithfulness Farm. The recipe makes a 10" x 15" pan, so be prepared to share. I brought them to the office and they gave the bars five stars out of five!!
 
 
Printable Recipe for Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars

Bars:

2-1/4 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
16 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup rolled quick oats

Filling:
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 large eggs

Glaze drizzle:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
 
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and molasses until creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Reserve 3/4 cup of this mixture and place in a small bowl. Scoop the remaining mixture into a 10" x 15" baking pan lightly coated with nonstick spray. Add the oats to the reserved mixture and mix until combined - set aside.
 
For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and mix until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing just until combined. Scoop the mixture over the uncooked base and use an off-set spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the top. Crumble reserved oat mixture over filling.
 
Bake until the topping is a golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
 
For glaze drizzle, in a small bowl, mix together confectioners' sugar, butter and vanilla. Mix in just enough milk until the mixture will easily flow from a spoon - drizzle over cooled bars.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.
Debbie 
 

10 comments:

  1. Ooh I love your adorable sign that you made for your gossip bench, Debbie! I'm craving Fall flavors, too, and the bars sound fabulous. I like the idea of a large amount in order to share some. Your office workers must adore you!! Hope you have a happy week.

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  2. I just know that sign suits you to a "T":)

    These look and sound deliciously fall~Thank you.

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  3. ♥ the shoe sign...
    I know a certain gentleman that lives here would gobble those yummy looking bars up in no time at all!

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  4. Your sign is great and the pumpkin bars sound amazing:@)

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  5. Hello Debbie, cool sign.... Your bars look wonderful. Perfect for a Fall day, although we are still having some warm temps. xo

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  6. Your Bad Witch sign is adorable, Debbie! Love the whole bench. I am ALMOST ready for fall baking and these bars look like a perfect place to start :)

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  7. I have a darling sign like that too! How fun that you made yours. Mine was a gift from another shoe loving girl!! I just love pumpkin in anything (except pie - isn't that strange?) These look wonderful. I can almost smell them as they are coming out of the oven.

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  8. Your sign is so clever…I love it. With leaves changing and frost this week, your bars sound perfect.

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  9. Your "witch" sign is a smile maker; so much fun! Tis the season for gingerbread and pumpkin--would love one of these scrumptious, fragrant bars. Have a lovely weekend!

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  10. They look delicious! I haven't put one fall thing out yet, still savoring summer! Cute sign too. I am not a shoe girl, have 2 different size feet so it makes it very difficult to find shoes I can wear.

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