Photo Credit: Linda Reed

We are so excited to have Linda from Nana Has Wrinkles as our guest blogger today! She is a wonderful teacher, writer, photographer, Nana, wife, and mother. Basically, a superhero. This recipe is flawless, and we wanted her to share it with you first hand. Take it away, Nana!

If you are of a certain age, you surely remember purple school handouts made on a ditto machine. On a good day, the dittos were distributed just after they had just been run, so were a bit damp and had a wonderful ether/alcohol type odor than could be enjoyed by placing the handout up to ones nose and inhaling deeply.

This recipe was handed down during the ditto era, and though the purple color has faded dramatically and the odor is long gone, the recipe lives on as a fall time family favorite. Made either in a jellyroll pan, a 13 x 9 inch pan, or as cupcakes, this yummy recipe is quick, easy, and well received by family and friends.

Pumpkin Bars

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs
2 cups of pumpkin (one 15 oz. can)
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco oil
(Nuts are optional)

Start at the bottom of the ingredient list and mix together. Place batter in an 11 x15 inch pan and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. If making cupcakes, cook for about 19 minutes.


3 ounces of softened cream cheese
6 tablespoons of softened butter
1 tablespoon cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar

Truth be told, it’s a good idea to double the frosting recipe when making cupcakes. You will likely have some left over, but you are sure to find many ways to use it.

Photo Credit: Linda Reed