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Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Ingredients (Frosting)

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with all the spices (first eight ingredients) and stir well.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the canned pumpkin, oil, water and beaten eggs until thoroughly combined.
  4. Stir the flour mixture, a bit at a time, into the pumpkin mixture until the batter is smooth.
  5. Spread evenly into prepared baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. Combine frosting ingredients in a small bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  8. Spread evenly over cooled cake. Cut into bars to serve.
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