Pumpkin Spice Bars

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 35m

Makes about 48 bars

Don't wait until fall to make these cake-like bars; they're just as good with a glass of lemonade as with a cup of hot cider. Canned pumpkin is available in supermarkets throughout the year. Look for crystallized ginger in specialty stores.

ingredients

  • For Bars:
  • Just under a cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • For Topping:
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

directions

FOR BARS: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, crystallized or ground ginger, cinnamon and salt. In another mixing bowl, beat the eggs slightly. Stir in the pumpkin, raisins and oil. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture.

Spread the batter into an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 15-20 minutes, or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack.

FOR TOPPING: In a small, heavy-duty plastic bag, combine the baking bar and shortening. Close the bag just above the ingredients, then set the sealed bag in a bowl of warm water till the contents are melted. Snip 1/4 inch from one corner of bag. Squeeze the topping from the bag over bars in a crisscross design. Cut the bars before the topping is completely set.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 432

nutrition information per serving

77 calories; 3g total fat; 9mg cholesterol; 35mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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