Where did this name come from? Maybe the rhyme Peter Peter Pumpkin eater?
This is a recipe that my mom made every fall, it’s from her church cookbook and it was contributed by my grandmother’s neighbor Alicia, they never tasted as good as when she made them, she was a great cook!
Here is what you’ll need
- pumpkin 1 can, 15 oz
- brown sugar
- vegetable oil
- baking powder
- baking soda
- cream cheese
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
This is a really quick and easy recipe to put together, you’ll use the “quick bread” technique here.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan
Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs and vegetable oil together and mix ’em up.
Ooh, look at me and my cage free eggs. I buy them because I imagine the chickens laying them are able to roam around and have an active social life, maybe I should have never watched Chicken Run….
now because this is an old recipe and my mom used a sifter just like this, I felt compelled to get it out of the cabinet. Put your flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in it (or just whisked in a bowl) and sift into the wet pumpkin mixture. Now don’t put oatmeal into a sifter, it’ll take you FOREVER to sift oatmeal…
Now this recipe just calls for cinnamon and that’s how I made it and that’s how my mom made it, but if you want more of the typical fall spices, you can always substitute 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for the tablespoon of cinnamon. If you want to use spices that you already have, you can use cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, equal to 1 tablepoon (use more cinnamon than the others)
Stir it up and add the oatmeal. Remember, we are using a quick bread technique here, so you don’t need to beat the batter smooth, a few small lumps are OK.
Now pour this into the prepared pan. I’m using a parchment sling, so that I can get it out of the pan easily.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick.
Let ’em cool completely before frosting.
While they are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.
Combine all frosting ingredients in a bowl
And beat until smooth
simple as that! Now spread on the COOLED bars. My mom always put chopped walnuts on the top and I like that Idea, so I did too. My mom always handed me the glass nut chopper, with the plunger that pushed down and let me go to town chopping the walnuts, made me feel like I was helping!
Moist and delicious. Like most baked goods with spices, these are better the next day, the flavors just combine for a great flavor.