Pumpkin Squares and Bars (2 recipes)
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This recipe comes from a collection of Amish/Mennonite recipes given to me as
a shower gift. The recipe listed only ingredients and no instructions except to
bake at 350.
Delicious Pumpkin Bars
These bars are delicious by themselves or even better, topped with the heavenly cream cheese frosting included in this recipe.
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. each, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 tsp. each, salt and cloves
1 c. oil
2 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. raisins
2 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. butter, softened
1 3-ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease 9x13 baking pan. To make the bars, combine all ingredients except raisins and beat on low until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed and stir in raisins. Pour into greased pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
For frosting, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.
Here is another cream cheese frosting recipe:
3 oz. cream cheese (softened)
6 T. margarine (softened)
1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. milk, if needed
Combine cream cheese and margarine, mixing well. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. After pumpkin squares have cooled slightly, spread with frosting.
You can also add chopped nuts on top.
Makes 48 bars.
Source: Pillsbury: The Complete Book of Baking, 1993 - adapted by Michelle Jones.