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It's the Great Pumpkin, Coach!

How have I never posted the pumpkin bars that I've come to make every September 8?!?

Maybe worried to step on Pinch of Yum's toes?

I'm in disbelief.

I've made them every September 8th for three years . . . and throughout the fall for Coach Eu.

September 8th is his bday, and the man loves pumpkin. It's also a good excuse to kick off fall and football.

But last weekend, we lost a football game.

I asked Coach what he does when he loses...he needed me to be more specific...

"Well, when I lose, I cook!" I explained as I shoved a Tupperware full of these.

And because I gave Brenna half the pumpkin bars the week before and found out she has a REAL problem when it comes to pumpkin spice, I left half of these on my porch for her to grab.

These WERE more like mini muffin tops than cookies. But stayed soft all week when Coach Eu began to share them with his advisees. One said, "I think that's the best thing I've ever eaten!" And 7th grade boys don't lie about FOOD.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon butter, softened

~ Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

~ Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. ~ ~ Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

~ Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

~ Combine sifted powdered sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon butter and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.

Will have to make the pumpkin pie bars soon, so I can add them. . . stay tuned.


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