Saturday, September 29, 2012

Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Fall is here, which means that pumpkin everything is amongst us. I personally love pumpkin so this makes me ecstatic that I can readily retrieve anything I may want in pumpkin flavor. My friend and MCO reader Rebekah sent me a pumpkin recipe for Gooey Pumpkin Bars and they are absolutely amazing. I made them last night and after my first bar I was hooked. She originally found the recipe from The Food Network  but it seems as though they have changed the name from bars to cakes. I personally like them better as bars. The consistency is that of a cheesecake and it is so delish it will make you come back to the pan for more!

What You Need:

1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
1 Egg
8 Tablespoons of Butter (melted)

What You Need:

1 Can of Pumpkin (15OZ)
1 Package of Cream Cheese (8OZ) (Softened)
8 Tablespoons of Butter (melted)
1 Box of Powdered Sugar
3 Eggs
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla (I eyeballed as usual)]
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon (I eyeballed again)
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg (I ignored that part)

What You Need To Do:

Start by preheating your oven to 350*. Next, I sprayed a 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray. Although the original recipe did not call for it, I hate when things stick.

In your KitchenAid or by using an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, melted butter, and egg and combine until smooth. Pat the cake mix into the bottom of the pan until it covers the whole thing and is flat.

Cake Mix Patted into Pan

Once the mix is in the bottom of your pan, combine the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Next add in the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and mix until that creates a smooth consistency. Finally add your powdered sugar and mix until you no longer see sugar clumps. I left my mixer on high for about five minutes. Once everything is mixed together, pour over the cake mix!

Yum Right?
Bake on 350* for 40-50 minutes or until the top doesn't slosh around. For me I had to cook it for about 55 minutes so judge off of your oven. Once it is done, let it cool on your counter top until you feel as though it isn't to hot to stick in the fridge. Put your Gooey Pumpkin Bars into the fridge until it is cool. This will allow your amazingness to settle into a pie like consistency. Once it is cool, cut into bars and serve with whipped cream!!
Fresh Out of the Oven

Only After I Ate a Few Bits Did it Occur To Me To Take  A Pic!

MCO wants you to go make this immediately! It is absolutely amazing. Thanks again to Rebekah C for sharing this recipe with me!

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