Autumn Pumpkin Bars

pumpkin barThe secret in this recipe is oil. Unlike butter, oil does not firm up when combined with other ingredients so it coats t he flour granules for a more evenly textured bar. The oil is the key to this bars moisture.

Makes: 24 servings  Serving Size: 1 bar  Prep: 40 mins  Bake: 20 mins to 25 mins 350°F  Cool: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Recipe Cream Cheese Frosting, Browned Butter Frosting, or canned cream cheese frosting
  •  Ground cinnamon
  •  Chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cloves. Stir in eggs, pumpkin, and oil until combined. Pour batter into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan, spreading evenly.
  2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Spread uncut bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and, if desired, nuts. Cut into bars. Tightly cover bars in pan with foil and chill overnight.
  4. Tote bars in pan in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

From the Test Kitchen

AUTUMN APPLESAUCE BARS:

Prepare as directed, except substitute one 15-ounce jar applesauce for the pumpkin.

A TIP FROM OUR KITCHEN:

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to make a frosting of spreading consistency.

Browned Butter Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/3cup butter
  • 3cups powdered sugar
  • 2tablespoons milk
  • 1teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan heat butter over low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a light golden brown. Remove from heat. In a large bowl combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add browned butter. Beat on medium speed until spreading consistency, adding additional milk if necessary.

Nutrition Facts (Autumn Pumpkin Bars)

    Per serving:

  • 243 kcal cal.,
  • 11 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 5 g monounsatured fat),
  • 37 mg chol.,
  • 135 mg sodium,
  • 34 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 28 g sugar,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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