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Harvest Pumpkin Bars

Written by CommonGround

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is quickly approaching, and it’s time to break out the jeans and jackets, service the combine, and attach the grain cart – it’s harvest time!

I can already feel the days getting shorter, which isn’t necessarily a good thing when there’s plenty of work to be done. There’s no set 9-5 schedule for farmers, especially during this time of year. Days and well, nights, can get long during harvest season, so I like to surprise the guys by taking them a treat in the field every now and then.

I got the recipe for this dangerous dessert from my sister-in-law after she brought them over to our family Thanksgiving several years ago. After one bite, they quickly got added to my go-to recipe box. They have always been a huge hit!

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy harvest season!



Harvest Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients – Pumpkin Bar

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups pumpkin, canned

1 cup vegetable oil


• Sift first 6 ingredients into mixing bowl

• Add eggs, pumpkin, and oil

• Mix until blended and creamy

• Bake in ungreased 10×15 jelly roll pan at 350 for 25-30 min.


Ingredients – Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cream cheese

6 T butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp milk

1 tsp vanilla


Mix all 5 ingredients for frosting until creamy

Spread over cooled bars.

Harvest Pumpkin Bars


Lana Hoffschneider

Lana HoffschneiderAs mother of 3 young children, my duties on the farm are on an “as needed” basis. I am a helper who can be found in the feedyard, helping move cattle; in the field bringing lunch, getting parts or taking pictures – my favorite; or in the office helping with bookwork. Since the hours of a farmer’s work are long and unpredictable, my primary job is to care for the children and try to keep up with their schedules. My husband and I are part of a farming business that includes 3 other family members and consists of raising corn and soybeans, and feeding cattle. Agriculture has always been a part of my life. I grew up on a dairy farm, earned my degree in agribusiness from UNL, and worked in agribusiness as an ag loan officer and an animal pharmaceutical sales rep. I continue to be involved with the agriculture organizations FFA and 4-H, I am an ag-in-the classroom pen pal, and am proud to be a CommonGround volunteer.



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