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

Servings: 16

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