Omer Recipes 2017: Day 14 | Pajama Havdalah Pumpkin Bars

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Today is 14 days, which is 2 weeks of the Omer

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And here’s today’s recipe, contributed by Laura N..

Pajama Havdalah Pumpkin Bars



  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 -ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Make the Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy.
  • Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
  • Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.
  • Cut into bars.

Make The Icing

  • Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined.
  • Stir in the vanilla and mix again.
  • Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.
We made these as mini-muffins and they were terrific. Just reduce the cooking time accordingly.

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