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There’s never a wrong time for pumpkin-spice anything in our books. Lattes, donuts, granola…bring it all on. It makes it even harder to resist the pull of pumpkin once fall arrives and pumpkin-flavored foods are top of mind — and top of Instagram feed. One of our favorite Instagram finds of all? Martha Stewart’s pumpkin bars. If you like huge payoff for little work in the kitchen, then this recipe will become a fall staple.
“Say hello to your new go-to fall dessert,” Stewart said when she first introduced the recipe. “The combination of moist, tender pumpkin-spice cake and tangy cream cheese frosting in these bars is just downright irresistible!”
These bars (bars? Cake? Who cares?!) look amazing, and honestly, pretty easy to make. Pumpkin purists — maybe even Stewart herself — might balk, but the fact that this recipe starts with a can of pumpkin puree rather than, you know, an actual pumpkin makes it a winner for us. #Sorrynotsorry. Who has time to peel, roast, and mash a whole pumpkin these days? As for the fluffy cream cheese frosting, it calls for just four ingredients, including a pinch of salt that helps balance the sweetness and brings the whole recipe together.
If you follow Martha Stewart on Instagram, you know that she shares plenty of delicious cake recipes, including one that features that other fall favorite flavor, apple cider. (We’re also partial to this fun cupcake take on soft-serve ice cream). It’s no surprise to us that she’s literally written the book on cakes: Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection.
Get the full recipe and bake up a batch to keep for yourself, or to share — it pays to be sweet this time of year.
Before you go, check out Martha Stewart’s best dinner recipes:
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