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Pumpkin-Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe By: N. Jay Sorensen, RD

Preparation Time: 0:30

Categories: Desserts

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  Bars

  4            each eggs                                                 

  2            cups sugar

  1            cup vegetable oil

  15         ounces canned pumpkin

  2            cups all-purpose flour

  2            teaspoons baking powder

  1            teaspoon baking soda

  ½           teaspoon salt

  2            teaspoons ground cinnamon

  ½           teaspoon ground ginger

  ¼           teaspoon ground cloves

  Cream Cheese Frosting

  8            ounces cream cheese -- softened

  ¼           cup butter -- softened

  1            tablespoon milk

  4            cups powdered sugar

  1            tablespoon orange zest

 

Bars

Heat oven to 350F. Prepare a 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Spread evenly in pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and cool, about 2 hours.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, continue mixing until smooth. Spread frosting over bars. Sprinkle with orange zest. Cut into desired size. Cover and refrigerate.