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


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

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.

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Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  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.

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

    These look and sound deliciously fall~Thank you.

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

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

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

  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 :)

  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.

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

  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!

  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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