Pumpkin Bars

This is my favorite recipe to welcome in Fall.
If nothing else, just so I can bribe my hubby to do odd jobs for them. : )
But they are my favorite as well, so everyone wins.  A friend brought them to a potluck at our house once, years ago, and we loved them.  I’ve been making them ever since and we still love them!
PUMPKIN BARS
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (just plain pumpkin, not pie filling)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
Frosting:
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 T milk
Mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. (I use a whisk or hand mixer).
Mix together in another bowl the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Stir in with the pumpkin mixture with a spatula, mixing until well combined.
Add chocolate chips if using.
Spread into a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan or a 9 x 13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes for a 10 x 15 pan, or 35-40 minutes for a 9 x 13 pan, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool before frosting.
Make frosting:
Mix together the cream cheese and butter, add vanilla.
Add the sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until smooth.
Add milk if needed to reach desired consistency.
Frost bars, cut in bars or squares.
Recipe adapted slightly from All Recipes
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