Louisa’s pumpkin bars

From the kitchen of Louisa Peterson of Bangor, Wisconsin

3 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 medium sugar pumpkin, baked, seeded and peeled
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon salt

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, vegetable oil and pumpkin in a mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together remaining ingredients then add to pumpkin mixxture. Spread batter in an ungreased 10-by-15 jelly roll pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool before frosting. For frosting combine cheese and butter. Add vanilla extract and sugar. Beat until smooth, spread over cooled bars.


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