Fall Flavors – My Two “Go to Bars”

In preparation for the weekend, I decided to throw together a couple pans of bars this a.m. I like to make the pumpkin bars for fall and since I was going to have the mess I decided to make a bar that I make quite a bit. ( You know – one of those recipes that you have taped to the inside of the cupboard door!) Both bars bake at the same temperature. Grease both pans. (I like to use solid vegetable shortening.) Mix up one batch of bars and while they are baking mix up the other batch. It is so handy to have a variety of bars on hand for easy grab desserts or late night snacks!

2 c. sugar
1 c. oil
4 eggs
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
Mix and pour into a greased jelly roll pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
3 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 T. milk
Mix and spread on cooled bars. (The other a.m. while listening to the radio I heard them talk about toffee bits on pumpkin bars, so I gave it a try this a.m. – not bad.)
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1 stick margarine, melted ( I like to use a ½ stick margarine & ½ stick butter.)
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 ½ c. peanut butter
3 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
4 ½ c. oatmeal
1 c. M&M’s
1 c. chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together. Press into greased 12X17 jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Do not over bake. (For a fall look use the fall M&M’s if you wish. I just prefer the look of the regular colored M&M’s.)

REMINDER: It is NATIONAL PORK MONTH! Did you notice three things that could remind you of this in this post??
Have a great weekend!

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