There is something about cold weather that makes me want to bake. Especially, here at the holidays.
Maintenance Man has been
Pumpkin Spice Bars
From the Betty Crocker Cook Book
- cups granulated sugar
- cup vegetable oil
- can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- cups all-purpose flour
- teaspoons baking powder
- teaspoon baking soda
- teaspoon salt
- teaspoons ground cinnamon
- teaspoon ground ginger
- teaspoon ground cloves
Heat oven to 350˚, and lightly spray a 15x10x1 pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, beat eggs, granulated sugar, pumpkin and oil with a wire whisk. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
Spread in pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack until completely cool, about 2 hours.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 brick (3oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth.
Gradually beat in the powdered sugar on low speed until smooth and spreadable.
Spread frosting over bars, cut into rows of 7x7. Store in refrigerator.
Also, in the fridge, as we speak, is dough for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (my all-time favorite cookie) and Snicker-doodles. BTW, my family thinks I'm a little silly at this time of the year because I love to say snicker-doodle dough over and over again. Go ahead and try it..it's fun.