Monday, November 25, 2013

Colonial Pumpkin Bars

 Tea today is served on an end table with Colonial Pumpkin bars and Pumpkin Chai Tea.

 I sandwiched a pretty doily with paper leaf on top between two clear plates from Ikea.  

These Colonial Pumpkin Bars are so perfect for an Autumn dessert and they're great for a crowd.  The recipe is adapted from Just a Matter of Thyme, by Roxie Kelley and Friends. 

3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 and 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar together in electric mixer.  Blend in pumpkin and eggs.  Mix remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl and then add to the creamed mixture.  Spread in a greased 10" x 15" pan, or (for a cake) in a 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of the pan.  When cooled, spread with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar (I used about 5 cups)
1/4 t. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend cream cheese and butter well.  Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Add salt and vanilla and blend well.
You can add chopped pecans on top of the frosting.

I am sharing this with:

Make It Pretty Monday
Tea Time Tuesday
Friends Sharing Tea
Full Plate
Foodie Friday
Seasonal Sundays


  1. Kitty, these look absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!! I've never seen this recipe before, and I'll be pinning it for sure. :) I love pumpkin recipes and I love anything with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Again, I'm very sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I'll be thinking of you in the the coming days and weeks.

    Special hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  2. Kitty, these looks yummy. Wish I had one to enjoy this afternoon. '-)
    Hope you are staying warm and cozy. Crazy Texas weather. Ha!
    All the bet to you and your family during the holidays. I know it will be emotional for each of you.
    Just know you are in my thoughts. Hugs ~ Sarah

  3. Gosh they look good! I made the pumpkin recipe with the brown sugar nut topping over the weeked, So good! I baked it in bread tins and got two loaves. One is in the freezer. It's like money in the bank. =D

  4. Kitty, your pumpkin bars look delicious. Pumpkin anything is such a favourite with me. The cream cheese icing is just the topping too. You are such a wonderful cook! Thank you for sharing your many scrumptious recipes and joining me for Tea Time, my friend. Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful week.

    Blessings & hugs,

  5. Your pumpkin bars sound great Kitty! Glad to hear you're back home, wishing you and your family a nice Thanksgiving:@)

  6. Dear Kitty,
    your pumpkin bars look so delicious. Yum Yum, my mouth is watering when I see the fluffy cake with yummy icing. Thank you for the new recipe. You are always in my mind.
    Hugs and greetings, Johanna

  7. Thanks for the recipe, Kitty. It is always nice to have a new pumpkin recipe for this season. Love your plate idea!

  8. Another delicious pumpkin recipe! Thanks so much for sharing ~


  9. This recipe sounds so good, I may have to make after Thanksgiving! xo

  10. Wow. That looks so yummy! I think that cream cheese frosting can make just about everything better! :)

  11. I do love pumpkin bars and plan to make some for Thanksgiving. The setting with the crocheted lace and leaf is lovely!

  12. YES PLEASE! Those pumpkin bars look fabulous. How fun...I just enjoyed some pumpkin chai tea yesterday and thought of's SO delicious isn't it? Very pretty everything...glad you shared.

  13. Dear Kitty: The pumpkin bar looks amazing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. You are a blessing. Hugs, Martha

  14. Hello dear Kitty
    I love your autumn leaves - I couldn't help but notice the gorgeous white doily too!

    I'm going to try and make your recipe Kitty!
    We don't have canned pumpkin here so I presume it's OK to substitute with mashed pumpkin?
    Can you tell me what "pumpkin spice" is made up of - I'm thinking cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice???

    Sending Blessings to you and your family for Thanksgiving - I know it will be hard for you this year.
    Warm hugs

  15. Kitty, these sure look yummy. I love anything with pumpkin! Thanksgiving Blessings to you my friend. xo

  16. Dear Kitty,
    So sorry about your mother-in-law. She lived a long life and as you said was reunited with her sons. it is easy to see that she was lucky to have you as a daughter in law.
    Your pumpkin goodies look super yummy.
    Warmly, Ruthie

  17. Kitty, the pumpkin bars looks so good -- and easy! Love how you sandwiched the leaf between the two plates -- very pretty. Happy Tea Day and Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. I am enjoying my morning cup of coffee right now and a slice of this pumpkin bar would be the perfect addition :) I hope you are enjoying your week, lovely friend. Love ya!

  19. Kitty,
    These look yummy. I hope you are able to get some enjoyment from this Thanksgiving season. I know it must be hard without your husband..First time for any holiday must be a bittersweet time... thinking of you.....
    Love, Mona

  20. Oh my goodness those Colonial Pumpkin Bars sound really delicious. I may pass this recipe to my granddaughter as she is always looking for a new recipe that uses pumpkin. I've never tried Pumpkin Chai Tea, but I love regular chai so I can imagine it must be wonderful. Love the beautiful leaf mug! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Hi Kitty, these bars sound so good and easy. They look so pretty with your tea. I wanted to tell you Happy Thanksgiving!!


  22. I think I can smell these right through the computer. Pam at Tea In Texas said she thought they might invent such a thing and I think she's right -ha! Your table setting is so sweet. Happy Thanksgiving Kitty! I am thinking of you as I know you will miss your hubby! You are in my prayers!

  23. Kitty, your pumpkin bars look delicious. And I love anything pumpkin except pumpkin pie. LOL Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

  24. Dear Kitty, These pumpkin bars look wonderful. I would enjoy them anytime.

    Have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving. Catherine

  25. Hello Kitty,
    Your pumpkin bars look delicious! I just love anything pumpkin, even plain pumpkin out of the can. :)
    I pray you are doing well?
    Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!
    Much love, Debbie

  26. The pumpkin bars look very tasty . I especially love the simply elegant presentation ...a paper leaf , doily, and glass plate.

  27. These look delicious Kitty, especially with that cream cheese frosting! I love it presented on your doily and leaf between your plates! Wishing you a delicious Thanksgiving!

  28. Your bars sound delicious, and your fallish vignette is lovely. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  29. Boy, do these ever look moist. YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  30. Congratulations Kitty!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week.Stay warm and safe and hope you have a great weekend.
    Enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen


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