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Autumn Pumpkin Bars

Makes: 36 servings
Prep 25 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins to 30 mins Chill  overnight
Autumn Pumpkin Bars
Ingredients
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 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 and chill overnight.

4. Tote bars in pan in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

From the Test KitchenAutumn Applesauce Bars:
  • Prepare as directed, except substitute one 15-ounce jar applesauce for the pumpkin.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients
  • 2 3  ounce packages  cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla
  • 4 1/2 - 5  cups  powdered sugar
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.

Nutrition Facts (Autumn Pumpkin Bars)
  • Servings Per Recipe 36,
  • cal. (kcal) 243,
  • Fat, total (g) 11,
  • chol. (mg) 37,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 34,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 28,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (IU) 1944,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 16,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 135,
  • Potassium (mg) 50,
  • Other Carb () 2,
  • Fat () 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Browned Butter Frosting

Yield: about 1-1/2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1/3  cup  butter
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  milk
  • 1  teaspoon  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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 36,
  • cal. (kcal) 243,
  • Fat, total (g) 11,
  • chol. (mg) 37,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 34,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 28,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (IU) 1944,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 16,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 135,
  • Potassium (mg) 50,
  • Other Carb () 2,
  • Fat () 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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