Harvest Pumpkin-Spice Bars

READY IN: 3hrs 35mins
Recipe by seashells63

Moist and delicious--with or without the frosting! It brings out all the flavours of an old-fashioned pumpkin pie; but so moist it melts in your mouth. These bars were a big hit at Thanksgiving parties.

Top Review by Yankiwi

Friends were going to drop over last night and I wanted to make something quick. I had a pumpkin to use (I don't think canned pumpkin is available in New Zealand) and wanted a pumpkin chocolate chip bar so I chose this Harvest Pumpkin-Spice Bar recipe. <br/>I cooked 8 oz of small chunks of pumpkin in the microwave for six minutes, let it cool while I mixed everything else up then mashed it and added it to the egg and sugar mixture.<br/>I made half the recipe because I wanted to bake the bars in my bench top oven.<br/>The recipe might have been a little too wet due to the cooked pumpkin (and not knowing how much I'd end up with, I started out with more pumpkin) but it was delicious. I was hoping for more of a cookie bar and this turned out to be a cake but everyone liked it, even one of our friends who is finicky.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F
  2. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1 inch pan (glass is best) with shortening.
  3. In large bowl, beat eggs, granulated sugar, oil and pumpkin until smooth.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and cloves.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips, spread in pan.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown.
  7. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 2 hours.
  8. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth.
  9. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, on low speed until smooth and spreadable.
  10. Spread frosting over bars.
  11. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  12. For bars, cut into 7 rows by 7 rows.
  13. Store in refrigerator.
  14. Tastes better the day after!

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