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Monday, December 12, 2011

Pumpkin Maple Bars

I love pumpkin, that's no secret...and these Pumpkin Maple Bars are DIVINE! THEY are "melt in your mouth" fabulous! I seriously couldn't get enough of them. I don't know if its the maple flavor or the moist pumpkin that got me hooked, but I am SOOOO hooked! I will definitely be making these for Christmas!!

Pumpkin Maple Bars
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 T cinnamon
1 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. ground ginger
1 (29 oz) can pumpkin
1 2/3 c. sugar
3/4 c. oil
3 eggs
1 t. maple extract
3/4 c. chopped walnuts

3 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 t. maple extract
Extra chopped nuts for topping

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl, stir and set aside. Mix pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs and maple extract with an electric mixer. Add dry ingredients slowly to pumpkin mixture. Chop walnuts and fold them in to mixture. Grease (2) 9x13 inch baking pans and divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Spread until bottom of pans are completely covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until maple bars bounce back when touched. Cool bars completely before frosting.

For Frosting:
Mix butter and cream cheese on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Add maple extract. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix low. Increase the speed as the powdered sugar gets blended in. Mix for 1-2 minutes...do not over mix. Spread frosting on COOLED bars. Top with extra nuts. Cut into bars. Serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

I KNOW you're going to LOVE these!!

1 comment:

  1. WOW, talk about a dessert that is just MADE for me!!!