Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

pumpkin spice bars cream cheese frosting
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Pumpkin spice bars cream cheese frosting




pumpkin spice bars cream cheese frostingThese Pumpkin Spice Bars fall into the grey area between brownie and cake. They are cakey and frosted, but you can eat them with your hands. (Imagine a cake brownie, but made with pumpkin… and then frosted) (umm… that might have just confused the everyone).

Anyway…

They are perfect for Fall, as an after school snack, or as a take-along for a gathering.

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 x 15 inch pan

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Bars are easy to make... and easy to eat. They have a mildly spiced Pumpkin flavor with a bite of ginger. I add dried Cranberries, because I like them, but you can substitute Raisins.... Or...if you have kids like mine who are suspicious of all "things" in their baked goods, don't add anything.

Ingredients

    Pumpkin Spice Bars:
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Mashed Pumpkin (I use canned stuff... but if you have a pumpkin patch... make your own)
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Finely Chopped Candied Ginger
  • ¾ cup Dried Cranberries
    Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup Softened Butter
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

    Pumpkin Spice Bars:
  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper... maybe give it a spritz with non-stick spray for insurance.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a small-ish bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin, and vegetable oil.... Use a whisk and mix them all together. You want it to be smooth.
  • In a bigger bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and candied Ginger bits. (I find that tossing the ginger with my fingers a bit coats them in dry stuff, and it spreads more evenly).
  • Now.... Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff. Stir with a spatula to combine.
  • It's going to look like thick pancake batter.
  • Add the dried cranberries or raisins... stir
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Spread it out...
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes (check at 15, if it's not "done" on top, it's not done... most likely you'll need to add 5 minutes).
  • Pull the pan out of the oven and let it cool on a cooling rack.
  • While it's cooling, prepare the frosting
    Frosting Instructions:
  • In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and a bit fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. When all the powdered sugar has been added, raise the speed of the mixer... Beat on high for 2 minutes.... Scrape the sides... beat another minute.
  • Are the Pumpkin Bars cooled off?
  • Spread the frosting over the bars.

Notes

I find it easier to cut the bars evenly if I lift the whole thing out of the pan (using the edges of the parchment paper) and set it on a cutting board. Cut into as many pieces and you like. You should get 12 to 24 (or more if you cut teeny) pieces.

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Step By Step Photos…..

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Spread it out…

pumpkin spice bars cream cheese frosting

Are the Pumpkin Bars cooled off?

Spread the frosting over the bars.

pumpkin spice bars cream cheese frosting

Eat

pumpkin spice bars cream cheese frosting




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