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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Bars


Are you ready to break out the pumpkin again? I am...especially after eating these Pumpkin Spice Bars. I'm not sure where this recipe came from, as I've carried it around for quite some time...but it's a DaNDy! It's one of those recipes that I saw and thought that I would like to make "someday", but it just didn't scream at me to "MAKE TODAY". So the recipe ended up being thrown in a pile with all of my other recipes. Several days ago, I was going through my recipes, looking for something yummy to make and this one popped out, so I thought I would give it a try. Later, after it was cooked and I was eating a piece...I wondered WHY in the world DIDN'T I make it LONG before NOW...IT JUST MELTED in my mouth. It's a keeper, thats for sure. If you love pumpkin, don't "wait" like I did to make this recipe...it's screaming for you to make it today...you will love it!!! Its so stinkin good!!!!

Pumpkin Spice Bars

2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves

In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredient and set aside.

1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. Canola oil
1 1/4 c. sugar
4 eggs

Combine pumpkin, applesauce, oil, sugar and eggs. Stir with a hand mixer until well blended. Add dry ingredient, mix gently with a wooden spoon, just until wet ingredient is combined. Don't over mix as it will make your bars tough. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (mine took 35 minutes) or until it passes the toothpick test. Cool completely before frosting. Refrigerate after frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cube butter, softened but NOT melted
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 T. cinnamon

Mix butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add sugar, a small amount at a time. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Whip until fluffy. Frost bars. ENJOY!

Julie~

2 comments:

  1. In my opinion, pumpkin is something to be enjoyed year round. Why wait? Your bars look super good and that frosting is definitely a nice touch. I hope you'll come by and link this up to Sweets for a Saturday #5. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-5.html

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  2. It's ALWAYS time for pumpkin. This looks sooooo good. I WILL be baking this today!

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