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Spicy Pumpkin Bars


A pumpkin bar redolent of cinnamon and ginger, frosted with a rich and creamy spice frosting.

For the bars:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup margarine, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

For the Spice Frosting:
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch by 2-inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar and margarine until creamy. Beat in egg, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Stir into creamed mixture and mix just until blended. Stir in nuts. Spread in prepared baking pan. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When cooled, frost with Spice Frosting (recipe follows) and cut into bars.

Spice Frosting: In a saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk, and spices. Cook and stir until mixture bubbles. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until frosting is of spreading consistency.

Note: Adapted to a recipe posted by minnie to alt.cookies.yum.yum.yum

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Reviews of Spicy Pumpkin Bars:

1-5 of 5 reviews  

  For a cookie exchange  Dec 7, 2013
Would make this again.
I had to make these without nuts because of allergies, but they were still pretty good. Not cookie texture though - more cake like. I'm sure they'd be great with the nuts in! I doubled the recipe and got about 40 squares out of it. 4 stars

  A cookie baker  Oct 25, 2011
Would make this again.
Where is the origin of Pumpkin Bars? 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Cali  Dec 23, 2010
Would make this again.
how many does this make?

  A cookie baker  Dec 13, 2010
Would make this again.
I made these for the cookie exchange & they were a big hit! Everyone wanted the recipe. They took longer to bake than in the recipe (24 min)& I suggest making the frosting after the bars have cooled. 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Nov 27, 2010
Would make this again.
excellent!!!! 5 stars

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