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Spicy Pumpkin Bars

Spicy Pumpkin Bars

Spicy Pumpkin Bars

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Spicy Pumpkin Bars
4.6 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.6/5 (3)
Course: Bars, CakesDifficulty: Medium



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


  • Make the bars:
  • 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.
  • Make the 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.


  • Photo by CJ Kelley under Creative Commons License.


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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.
- A Baker

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.
- A Baker

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