I am obsessed with pumpkin. If it has pumpkin it, I will eat. Pumpkin rolls really intimidate me, but I love the taste of them. So I decided to make a pumpkin roll, into pumpkin roll bars. All the same great flavor and presentation, with none of the hard work.
One of my favorite desserts is Pumpkin Roll, but I have never actually attempted to make it . . . something about rolling it up makes me think that it would be hard to do.
I can only imagine it falling apart when I tried to roll it up. Anyway, when I came across this recipe that claimed it tasted just like a pumpkin roll without any of the hassle, I knew I had to try it.
They really were easy to make and tasted amazing. I still love pumpkin roll, but this curbed my craving until I get up the guts to try to make a roll for myself.
*One thing that I like about pumpkin roll is that it is served cold, so we put these bars in the fridge and ate them cold- they were delicious.
You could eat them at room temperature too. I also thought that they were yummier on the second day (if they last that long).
tips on how to make Cream Cheese and pumpkin roll bars
One thing to keep in mind when making these bars, is having the butter at room temperature. If you take it out of the fridge and nook it for a few seconds, it just won’t be the same.Keeping it at room temperature will allow the butter to cream with the sugar more smoothly. If you microwave refrigerated butter, it will be melted in some areas, and still cold and hard in others.If you melt it completely, the batter will be too runny.
We also recommend using an electric mixer. You could mix by hand, but you may get a little bit of a workout in. The butter and sugar work best when they are creamed together.
When dolloping and spreading out the top layer of pumpkin batter on the bars, I recommend using a rubber spatula, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
This will help spread the batter a little easier, without it sticking to the spatula.
Depending on the pan that you use, you may need to cook it for 40 minutes, or until the middle isn’t jiggly.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in eggs, pumpkin, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and water until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin/butter mixture and combine until well blended.
Spread about 2/3 of the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the pumpkin batter.
Dollop the remaining pumpkin batter over the cream cheese batter and spread out as evenly as possible. Use a table knife to swirl together the cream cheese and top layer of pumpkin batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center of the pumpkin batter springs back when touched.
Cool completely in pan, then cut into bars.
One thing that I like about pumpkin roll is that it is served cold, so we put these bars in the fridge and ate them cold- they were delicious! You could eat them at room temperature too. I also thought that they were yummier on the second day (if they last that long!).
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