Monday, October 23, 2017

Perfectly Pumpkin Bars

It was a much-anticipated yearly tradition at my former workplace when coworker Marilyn Muranyi, often referred to as “mom” around the office, would bring her fabulous Pumpkin Bars. The giant sheet pan of mouthwatering seasonal treats, topped with sweet cream cheese frosting, was usually wiped out within an hour. 

These bars are the perfect sweet treat to accompany you to any fall family gathering, or simply, enjoy them with friends or your favorite coworkers.

Marilyn Muranyi
Marilyn's Pumpkin Bars

2 cups sugar
½ cup oil
½ cup applesauce
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

3 ounces cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix all bar ingredients together.

Pour into a 10” x 15” greased pan with sides. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool.

Combine frosting ingredients. Spread over cooled pumpkin bars.

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