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Pumpkin Spiced Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spice Bars Cream CheeseIngredients

1 large egg
1 cup butter, softened butter
1 cups granulated sugar
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 cup walnut pieces [1]

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In the bowl of your stand-type mixer and with the paddle attachment, mix the eggs, soften butter, sugar, pumpkin, and walnuts [1] together.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon [2], allspice, and ginger together.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue beating until combined.
  4. Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper or grease and flour.  Pour the batter into the pan and smooth it until it is level.  Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack in the pan.  If you are using parchment paper, grab the edges of the paper and lift the cake onto a cutting board.  Frost the cake.  Cut it into bars to serve.

For the frosting

4 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoon milk

  1. Beat the cream cheese in a small bowl until it is fluffy.  Add the vanilla.  Gradually add the powdered sugar.
  2. Beat in enough milk to reach the desired spreading consistency.