Fall Favorites for Junior Chefs

Fall is my favorite time of year, from the sharp crinkle of cornstalks as the little ones make their way through mazes, to the different pitches of “I found mine!” as they each find the perfect pumpkin for carving. Many family favorites are created in the kitchen at this time as well. Below is the recipe for a family favorite of my children – Grandma Linda’s Pumpkin Bars. They make this recipe with her often, and I’m convinced it’s their favorite only because she lets them lick the spoon after spreading!

Fall Pumpkin Bars
Makes approximately 40 bars


1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1/2tsp ginger
1/2tsp cloves
1/2tsp nutmeg

1.Preheat the oven to 350º F.

2.Combine eggs, oil, sugar and canned pumpkin in a large bowl.

3.Sift the remaining ingredients together and then add to the wet mixture in the large bowl. Mix well.

4.Pour into a greased and floured pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting


4package (8 oz) cream cheese
3/4stick unsalted butter
1 Tbsp cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

1.Beat together the first four ingredients until soft and creamy.

2.Add powdered sugar and beat together until consistency is correct for spreading. Don’t forget to taste test!

Fall Family “Bucket List”

• Bake Fall Pumpkin Bars
• Visit a fall festival
• Make apple cider
• Have a fall picnic
• Go horseback riding
• Volunteer at a food bank
• Make a no-sew blanket
• Go on a hayride
• Get a new fall book
• Go on a nature hike
• Jump in a pile of leaves
• Visit an apple orchard
• Have a pumpkin carving party
• Take a Jr Chef class at Martin’s!
• Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows
• Make some homemade soup
• Enjoy your family and be kind

On behalf of the School of Cooking, we hope you have a wonderful time making memories along with the mess!

Happy Fall,
Chef April Howell