Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin bars and a Starbucks giveaway

Every fall I look forward to many things, but at the top of my list is Starbucks fall flavors and any type of pumpkin pastry or dessert. So when Starbucks approached me to do a giveaway I was thrilled and knew my readers would be, too.

Last weekend I made my mom's pumpkin bars and paired them with a hot mug of Starbucks Breakfast Blend coffee. These pumpkin bars are the best, the recipe is written on a worn, old recipe card dating back to the early 80's. Those recipes of my mom's are always the best kind.



The Starbucks giveaway includes four flavors (12 oz bags); Italian, Breakfast, French and House. It also includes 2 boxes of VIA instant coffee (now shown) and a Starbucks mug (value approximately $75). 

Want to win?  Here's how to enter:

- Comment on this post and let me know what your favorite Starbucks drink is during the fall and what you love to pair it with (e.g. the Pumpkin Spice Latte with a big chocolate chip cookie).  Or maybe you live in Florida and can still drink iced coffee.  I don't even use the word "iced" anything until the summer months are upon us in MN again. 

- For a second chance to win, "like" Eat Drink Pretty on Facebook.

- Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry you make.

- US residents eligible only, the giveaway will close on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:59pm CT. The winner will be announced Thursday.

Don't forget to check out this delicious pumpkin bar recipe.  Yes, that does say 1 cup of oil.  It's a lot of oil....but also makes a ton of bars that are super moist and amazing.  These received a ton of compliments and I would make them again.  And again. And again.

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

Ingredients

Bars
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream cheese frosting
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 stick of butter, at room temperature
4 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla

Prepation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray or grease a cookie sheet.

Combine all the ingredients for the bars and blend well with a hand mixer.  Pour into the cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool.

Combine all the ingredients for the frosting and spread onto the bars.

105 comments:

  1. Those pumpkin bars were delic...I ate two of the three you sent home with us, Jay only got one.

    I love Starbucks and I love pairing a skim latte with their scones...so good!

    Jay loves their new salted caramel mocha!!!

    Libby

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  2. Ooh...great giveaway!

    I love the Salted Caramel Mocha...would be perfect with a piece of carrot cake. Mmmmmm!

    Jennifer C.

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  3. Mm I love pumpkin! I would love to try starbucks pumpkin spice latte that I have heard such rave reviews about, but I'm pregnant and am not having caffeine right now. I am due mid Nov. though, so maybe I will get a chance to try it before it leaves for the season! My husband's step-dad would sure love all of this coffee though!
    rebatink(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. love starbucks thanksgiving blend with pumpkin syrup, tastes like fall! (pair with a warm bagel!)

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  5. "like" eat drink pretty on facebook!

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  6. I love their salted caramel hot chocolate. I think it would be good paired with a croissant. To make the bars healthier, you could use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce or something like that.

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  7. Great giveaway!! My all time favorite Starbucks drink is the Carmel Macciato but I have recently been into the Pumpkin Spice Latte! I used to love to pair it with their toffee blondie bar but I have not seen it anywhere in years! I wish they would bring it back!!

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  8. my favorite combination of late is a tall drip coffee (black) and mini chocolate/salted caramel mini bar!

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  9. I love a raspberry mocha any time of year. I generally don't get a treat since the mocha is a treat in itself, but I must admit a weakness for carrot cake.

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  10. I love anything pumpkin this time of year! Those bars look amazing!
    My fave drink at Starbucks right now is the skinny Dulce de Leche latte, paired with oatmeal!

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  11. I love Starbuck's non-fat pumpkin spice latte with a bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, or pumpkin pie, or pretty much anything!

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  12. These pumpkin bars are awesome!
    I love a small black dark roast with a slice of pumpkin bread.

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  13. I love skinny pumpkin spice or chai tea lattes. Pumpkin bars would pair nicely.

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  14. I also liked "Eat, Drink, Pretty" on FB!

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  15. For sure Starbucks Chai Latte with Soy and their vanilla bean mini scones. An indulgent, yet perfect, breakfast!

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  16. I love the salted hot cocoa :) And I usually get a big chocolate chunk cookie! :) Yum!

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  17. cinnamon dolce latte (full fat) so I balance it out with fruit!

    hopeswenson@gmail.com

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  18. My all time favorite drink from Starbucks is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I cannot wait every Fall to get my hands on one! I love eating it with a Ginger Molasses Cookie!

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  19. I also liked "Eat Drink Pretty" on Facebook

    laura_morrison10@hotmail.com

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  20. I love the cinnamon dolce latte...and I can never stay away from a blueberry muffin :)

    catherine5789@gmail.com

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  21. I love a hot soy latte with the coffee cake!

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  22. I love their hot chocolate. It is a classic that never goes wrong & a chocolate chip cookie makes this chocolate lover very happy!

    alyssaoates@hotmail.com

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  23. I love the Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte with low fat blueberry bread. janelmayer@gmail.com

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  24. Entering via my facebook "like"... I also love Skinny Carmel Misto with a birthday cake pop!

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  25. My favorite drink all year is a non-fat extra hot chai tea latte and in the fall I like to pair it with their pumpkin scone!

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  26. Those pumpkin bars look amazing! I am obsessed with pumpkin right now! My favorite starbucks drink is a nonfat cafe misto, or a pumpkin spice latte while it is around!

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  27. Mm, love pumpkin bars! I will try these. I love Chai tea or pumpkin spiced latte with any kind of muffin :)

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  28. Black coffee is always my favorite drink and I LOVE the ginger bread that Starbucks has during the colder months. It's so delicious! What a great giveaway. I hope I win!

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  29. Love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the Artisan Ham egg and cheese! Delish!

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  30. I love the Pumpkin Spice Lattes! I like to pair mine with a blueberry muffin or coffee cake!

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  31. I Love Pumpkin Spice Lattes with a maple scone!

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  32. Pumpkin Spice Latte with a slice of Pumpkin Loaf

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  33. Salted Carmel Mocha, and love to pair it with any type of muffin that has some good streusel topping. Because I'm pregnant I try not to indulge too often but when I get to have a coffee drink it's pretty much heaven to me!!

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  34. also have "liked" your page on facebook for quite some time!

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  35. Those bars look amazing! Since Texas never gets too cold, I can normally get away with an iced chai creme tea with 3 pumps of coconut...with one of their cute and delicious cake pops. So good!

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  36. I "like" Eat Drink Pretty on Facebook!

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  37. I loveee pumpkin spice lattes with a croissant! yum!!

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  38. i always drink their mochap frappes. cold, but mmm mmm good. and I love pairing it with a rice krispie.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  39. I like a Hazelnut (sugarfree) latte with a double expresso with a raspberry strudel muffin! Makes my morning!!

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  40. love the chai latte, no water, no foam extra hot with the pumpkin scone.............tresh

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  41. Definitely the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (skim, no whip) and the Pumpkin scone. I think I have a pumpkin addiction. :)

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  42. Pumpkin Spice Latte with their perfect oatmeal

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  43. My husband and I love pumpkin spice latte. And their treats that we have are the lemon bars.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  44. This recipe looks amazing, I'm going to try for sure (thanks!). My fall go-to is a Pumpkin Spice Latter and I am (just a tad) obsessed with the pumpkin cream cheese muffins :).

    kandtt (at) msn.com

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  45. Pumpkin spice latte with my mother in laws pecan pie oooh to die for!!!

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  46. Skinny caramel macchiato and a pumpkin cream cheese muffin...because the "skinny" part cancels out the muffin, right??! HA!

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  47. My favorite Starbucks drink, no matter the temperature, is their Skinny Caramel Macchiato. I love to pair that with a chocolate chip cookie. Talk about the perfect afternoon snack (or late night dessert)!

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  48. And I just "Liked" you on Facebook. :)

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  49. I love a venti caramel apple spice. Anytime the weather is below 60 degrees. I'm in. I also love a mocha frappacino, but only a summer thing!

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  50. I also "like" Eat Drink Pretty on FB. :)

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  51. I love a hot soy Chai paired with pumpkin bread first thing in the morning!

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  52. Love this post! My fav Sbux fall drink is a skim pumpkin spice latte w/ no whip paired with a warmed morning bun! yum! Can't wait to try these bars!

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  53. I love pairing the salted caramel hot chocolate with a sugar cookie!

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  54. I also "liked" Eat Drink Pretty on Facebook!

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  55. LOVE the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I will admit that whenever I'm at the MOA I splurge for an Iced Vanilla Latte (affogato style) with skim :) I'm always warm shopping, so it is acceptable! Ooh and I love to get the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin (when I'm not already ordering the PSL...there is such thing as too much pumpkin!)

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  57. Chai latte with a toasted bagel or a pumpkin cream cheese muffin!
    & thank you for the recipe!! Sounds yummy!

    chantale3g(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. ironically a pumpkin spice latte witha chocolate chip cookie IS my favorite haha ;)

    pinkflipflops44 at gmail dot com

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  59. i liked you on fb!

    pinkflipflops44 at gmail dot com

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  60. I love pumpkin spice lattes and enjoy pairing them with Starbuck's chocolate chip cookies!:)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  61. I like you on fb as Dee G

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  62. what a great giveaway! i love fall and the pumpkin just puts me in the spirit!

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  63. I love having a cinnamon dolce latte with the oatmeal with all of the fixings.... So delish!

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  64. i love cinnamon dolce lattes..mmm!

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  65. i liked yo on facebook as chris gee!

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  66. I love the pumpkin spice latte, but I add mocha to it!!! I pair it with their pumpkin bread!!!

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  67. Um, yum!! Salted Carmel Mocha all the way=) And oddly I always love it with an old fashioned Top Pot donut from Starbucks, chocolate or regular=)!
    Hollie

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  68. Now I'm a Facebook Fan, thanks for the yummy, cozy giveaway!! I love, love St. Paul/Minne area!!
    Hollie

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  69. My favorite is the salted caramel mocha with pumpkin loaf mmmm.. now i want that!!! Love this giveaway :)

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  70. These look yum! My fav is pumpkin spice with the cinnamon coffee cake!

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  71. Ahh it'd have to be the chai spice and the cranberry scone!

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  72. I love the Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins with a Iced Coffee that has a couple of pumps of Cinnamon Dolce syrup in it.

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  73. I adore Starbucks' white chocolate mocha paired with a vanilla bean scone :)

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  74. My favorite fall drink is a Cinnamon Dolce Latte paired with either a Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffin or Cinnamon Scone. YUM!! :)

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  75. I'm a follower on FB now too!

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  76. My go to no matter what is Skinny Vanilla Latte with their feta, egg white and tomato breakfast wrap.

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  77. I love a tall bold pick of the day, light on the cream with two sweetener, and a nice big donut.

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  78. 2 pump skim milk pumpkin spiced latte :) with a vanilla biscotti!

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  79. Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte with a oatmeal cookie!

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  80. I love a vanilla latte with a sprinkled shortbread cookie :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  81. I like you on FB

    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  82. my year-round favorites... black tea lemonade and hot cocoa. my fall/winter favorite... peppermint cocoa, peppermint latte, peppermint mocha... see a pattern. :) would love to win this for my husband. he's a coffee addict!

    bettafly21 at hotmail dot com

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  83. i liked you on FB too!

    bettafly21 at hotmail dot com

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  84. I live in Florida so I always get White Chocolate Mocha Frapuccino but in the fall my favorite is Pumpkin Spice Latte with red velvet cupcake.
    danielanejepinska@yahoo.com

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  85. I already like you on FB.

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  86. for a chocoholic mocha latte with a double chocolate chip cookie

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  87. Fav holiday drink used to be Cinnamon Dolce latte, but now that they have it all the time (yay!) it's definitely the Pumpkin Spice Latte with a nice slice of Pumpkin bread. You can NEVER have too much pumpkin.

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  88. Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Nothing beats it on a brisk fall morning.

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  89. I count down the days until they start serving Pumpkin spiced latte! especially with a slice of pumpkin bread.

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  90. Keep it classic: light roast with a splash of milk, little cinnamon, and a sugar in the raw. Paired with a ginger molasses cookie.

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  91. This is an amazing giveaway! I absolutely love the pumpkin spice latte. I think it should be eaten with pumpkin cupcake that has cream cheese icing. Too much pumpkin? No way! Not possible! However, now that I have seen the recipe above, my vote might change after I try it!

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  92. I love the Pumpkin Spice Latte with one of their huge rice squares :)

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  93. I like to get a caramel macchiato paired with a pumpkin scone! YUM-O!!!

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  94. I already "like" you on Facebook! :)

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  95. Excuse my silly question, but what size of can did you use for the pumpkin puree? (15 oz. or 29 oz.)

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  96. My mom prepares my a cake like this for my birthday she's so special! I love her! Thanks for share the recipe!

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