Some of the fondest memories of our travels while my husband was in the U.S. Air Force were, of course, shared over food. At the many events, potlucks, etc. I was able to try yummy foods and get recipes from dear friends from all over our great country. The recipe I am sharing today came from my friend, Shelley Brock, from our time living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is an easy recipe - perfect to whip up for a holiday potluck, or if you are traveling for the holidays and you want a sweet other than pie.
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup nuts (optional)
*Beat the eggs, stir in sugar, oil & pumpkin. (I use a whisk, because it is easier/faster to mix!)
*In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
*Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
Note: You should add pecans if your family likes them! Sadly, my family does not... :(
*Pour into a lightly sprayed 13 x 9 baking dish.
*Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes.
*Cool completely and cover with cream cheese frosting.
LOL - could have cleaned up the pan before the picture - oops! I was excited to cut into it. I haven't made these in years.
While you CAN use store-bought cream cheese frosting, it is super easy to make and worth the few extra minutes, in my opinion.
Cream Cheese Frosting
3 oz. cream cheese
3/4 stick butter (That would be 6 TBS.)
|Cream cheese comes in 3 oz. sizes, but I always have the large ones on-hand.|
|Check out those fractions!|
1 TBSP cream (Milk works just as well.)
1 tsp. vanilla (Makes everything better.)
2 1/2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar (2 1/2 is plenty for me.)
pinch of salt
*Mix cream cheese, butter, cream/milk, and vanilla with a mixer until blended.
*Mix in powdered sugar a little at a time until well blended
Tip: Do NOT add all of the powdered sugar at the same time or you will surely receive a surprise in the face... Don't say I didn't warn you :)
My boys have dug into their second pieces already!! Yippee for Thanksgiving, family, and cooking (even better in pjs of course)!