Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

A perfect dessert for fall potlucks, delicious pumpkin bars are made even better with cream cheese frosting.

Yield

49 servings

Bar Ingredients

4 eggs
2 cups granulated (white) sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup raisins, if desired

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat eggs, granulated sugar, oil and pumpkin with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Stir in raisins. Spread in pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and bars spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, on low speed until smooth and spreadable. Spreading frosting over bars. Sprinkle with walnuts. For bars, cut into 7 rows by 7 rows.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Additional Information

In a pinch, use 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

Plain canned pumpkin is not sweetened and doesn't have flavoring added; pumpkin pie mix contains sugar and spices.

Storage Information

Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 160 (Calories from Fat 70), Total Fat 8 g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 95 mg; Total Carbohydrate 23 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 18 g), Protein 1 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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