it's pumpkin time again! Chilly mornings and warm days are making the transition into colder weather slightly easier (I say that now, but I will not enjoy the cold very soon). These pumpkin treats also help. November is coming, most of our October is already planned out (with super fun stuff like FAIRS and DOUGHNUTS!) Sometimes I get worked up about having too many things to do but as I learned this past weekend, I am not that great at relaxing! We went up to Vermont and we still did somethings like a little hike and wondered around Stowe when we went back to our room in the afternoon I couldn't just sit! I felt like I needed to be doing more! So now I know I enjoy being busy. Does anyone else feel this way? Or am I just going craaa-zy.
In the event that you do need something to do, or have to fill that need of pumpkin goods in your life- make these bars! They aren't too sweet and they have toasty pecans and a creamy swirl involved. It's quite nice:)
for the bars:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 eggs; lightly beaten
1 (15oz) canned pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
cream cheese swirl:
4 oz cream cheese; @ room temp.
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
For the bars:
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray. In a large bowl stir together all dry ingredients. Add eggs, pumpkin and oil. Stir together, dump in pecans and fold till everything is evenly mixed together.
Make the swirl! In a medium size bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar together, add egg and drizzle in milk.
Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared pan. Slowly drizzle cream cheese mixture over it, making rows going the long way of the pan. Now take a butte knife or skewer and drag the cream cheese the short way of the pan. Swirl swirl!
Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you feel like the top is getting too brown after baking for a little while-loosely tent the top with tin foil! It will stop the browning but it will keep on cookin'
Let the bars cool completely and slice into squares :)