Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cinnamon Pumpkin Bars (Treats For Co-Irkers)

I don't know what cave I've been living in, but I had no idea that there was a shortage of canned pumpkin this year. After choosing this recipe I headed to the store to buy the ingredients, only to find that the store's shelves were empty. Luckily I cleaned my pantry the same day (New Year's Resolution) and found a lonely can just begging to be either sold for gold on Ebay or made into these treats for the co-irkers. You lucky, lucky co-irkers, you. I could have retired on what that one little can would have brought me on the black market. Oh wait, I am retired! (HEE!)

Before I give you the recipe for these spicy little gems, I would like to give a shout out to my friend Jbug of Jbug's Kitchen Antics. She presented me with this wonderful award and I'm ever so flattered and tickled pink. Check out her blog for some fantastic gourmet recipes. This woman can cook!

Golden Cinnamon-Pumpkin Bars (from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking)

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups packed light or dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1 large egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cinnamon chips
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Turn up the heat just a bit and stir until mixture is hot and starting to bubble. Remove from heat and transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Let cool until you can comfortably test it with your finger.

Add vanilla, baking powder, salt and spices. Beat well. Add egg, beating until smooth and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin, flour, cinnamon chips and dried cranberries, mixing thoroughly. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake the bars for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center reveals moist crumbs. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look fantastic! If you want more pumpkin, you should come down to PA. The shelves were stocked all season, and I think I have 4 or 5 cans in my pantry. I hoard pumpkin like it's going out of style.

A Year on the Grill said...

pre Christmas, couldn't find any... Today, shelf was full...

It's a coconut creaM pie conspiracy

Linda said...

I heard about the pumpkin shortage this fall. Then I saw everyone was busy making pumpkin muffins, facial masks and dog treats, and I knew why.

These look good. Who doesn't love anything with cinnamon? (besides me?)

Congrats on the award!

Co Irker said...

You know when you make a recipe and then you try it and think "Dang, I knew I should have added more spice!"?

This ain't that kinda recipe. The spice is spot on!

If I'd known you were looking for pumpkin I would gladly given you the homemade puree stored in my freezer. It would have been my pleasure - literally!

Thank you so much our prolific, pumpkin pureeing panjandrum.


June said...

Aww Mags you're sweet, but you're the deserving one! Your pumpkin bars look so amazing. I can't believe you can make these while you're on a "moderation plan". If it had been me, there wouldn't have been any to pass along ...oh the aroma of these cooking would be sublime. Can you get drunk on the smell of cinnamon?

Virginia bed and breakfast | Victorian inn bed and breakfast | Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

Those pumpkin bars sound amazing! I can’t wait I will be trying that recipe! My favorite cold weather dessert? Well…I LOVE smoothies in a bowl topped with granola, that pumpkin/any fruit pie will totally do the trick! Oatmeal in the morning is a must!

Best Regards,

Moogie said...

Congratulations on your award. Those gosh darn co-irkers are so lucky.

Karen said...

Somehow I always end up with one lone can of pumpkin after Fall baking. These bars look yum!

Debbie said...

The bars look wonderful! I've heard that there is a pumpkin shortage but it hasn't affected this area of Virginia. There is still plenty of pumpkin on the shelves...

Juliana said...

Oh! Your pumpkin bars look very yummie...I may try it, since still have 1 can of pumpkin puree at home :-)

Maria said...

I love pumpkin. These look great

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I thought it was a typo! Co-irkers! I love it. I didn't know that pumpkin was at a premium either. Just saw pie pumpkins in the store last week. I wonder where they got them from?

lakegirl said...

I never experienced the pumpkin shortage but know a lot of bakers who did.

I've never made anything with cinnamon chips. I will have to try this one. They look yummo!

Mags said...

Thank you friends for all your wonderful comments. It felt great to be able to bake something again since I'd basically been bake-less since the holidays.

HoneyB said...

I have the much coveted cinnamon chips but am all out of pumpkin! These look delicious!

comfycook said...

This recipe is one that calls my name and I don't say that freely. King Arthur's Flour has excellent recipes. You made it and sold it though.

You are a fantastic baker.

Danielle said...

It's a small victory for the day when I find a recipe like this and have all the ingredients on hand to make it right away! I can't wait to try these.

Joyce said...

When I found out about the Pumpkin Shortage I went into a complete tizzy and was able to find cans piled to the ceiling at Wallyworld. Needless to say I have a dozen cans just taking up room in my pantry so your recipe is a welcome addition and also a good way to use up the GIANT bag of dried cranberries that I purchased at Cosco. Thanks for posting the recipe.

stephchows said...

i had been reading about the shortage since summer and happily found my store still brimming with pumpkin... until a few weeks ago!!! BOOOOO!!!

Megan said...

I have 4 of the big cans of pumpkin in my pantry cuz I was afraid of the shortage. Never thought about e-bay! ;)
Bars look yummy, pumpkin is on my favs list!

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe. I add chocolate and butterscotch chips and walnuts. Perfect flavor combination!