Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Bars from Alyssa at Kadydid Designs

Hi! It's Jilly. I'm super pumped to have my friend IN REAL LIFE Alyssa guest posting today. Everything in her Etsy shop is darling, and everything she makes is yummy! Happy to have this recipe of hers for my own personal use now. Mwahahahaha! Enjoy!

Hi! My name is Alyssa, and I blog over at Kadydid Designs. I blog about just about everything; recipes, DIY projects, regular mommy-hood and a bit about my Etsy shop. I've known Jillian for quite awhile (we became friends while her sweet family was living in Phoenix) and I am so excited to be sharing one of my favorite things about fall on her blog today.

One of my all time favorite treats to make in the fall is Pumpkin Spice Bars.  I love using fresh pumpkin in them, and I end up making them way more than I should.  But - it's fall, right?  You've got to soak up all the pumpkin deliciousness while you can! (If you've never tried roasting your own pumpkins before, here's a quick "tutorial")

Pumpkin Spice Bars
Pumpkin Spice Bars by Kadydid Designs. Part of the Fall In Love With Fall Series on Hi! It's Jilly. #fall #pumpkin #recipe

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a 11x15" pan with foil.

Mix together:

2 c. crushed graham crackers or gingersnap crumbs
7 T. melted butter
1/4 c. sugar

Spread mixture into baking pan and flatten/smooth out to make an even crust.
(**Side note: I have used 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs, and it still works.  So if you have little hands at your house that steal graham crackers like I have at mine, you'll be fine.  Also.  7 tablespoons of butter is 1 tablespoon short of one stick, so I generally just use an entire stick of butter)

Bake for approximately 6 minutes; or until fragrant.  Cool completely.

Then, mix together:

2 c. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 2/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt


4 eggs
1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree
1 c. vegetable oil

Pour on top of graham cracker crust and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Cool completely and frost with your favorite homemade OR store bought cream cheese frosting.  Feel free to sprinkle with any fall/Halloween sprinkles, or just leave plain.

These are delicious and perfect to take to any gathering this fall!!

Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe, Alyssa! It looks so easy to throw together, and I bet it makes your house smell amazing! 

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