Nothing like Pumpkin Pan Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting for a late night snack! Or for a great after dinner treat for the family.
Once fall arrives, I love cooking with pumpkin puree. I make my own puree and make all sorts of tasty treats with the end result. Pumpkin pie is my favorite but my kids love Pumpkin Pan Bars and I love making them for them.
Pumpkin puree is easy to make. Slice a couple fresh pumpkin pie pumpkins in half and remove all the seeds from the middle. Take a knife and make some slices in the pumpkin flesh and place them on a cookie sheet flesh side up. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until the pumpkin is easily pierced with a fork.
Remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Remove the flesh from the rind with a large spoon and scoop into a food processor and puree until smooth. Use immediately or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
I used two cups of homemade pumpkin puree but you can substitute a can of pumpkin puree. Once the bars are cooked and have cooled, prepare the cream cheese frosting and spoon the frosting on top and smooth out with a knife or spatula. Cut the bars into squares and enjoy.
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