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Fluffy Raisin Pumpkin Bars

 Fluffy Raisin Pumpkin Bars
Chocolate-covered raisins are a fun surprise inside these moist pumpkin bars. The traditional cream cheese frosting never fails to please.
48 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate-covered raisins for baking
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • Decorator sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
  • well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Combine the flour,
  • baking powder, baking soda and spices; gradually add to the pumpkin

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Fluffy Raisin Pumpkin Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • mixture. Stir in walnuts and chocolate-covered raisins.
  • Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and
  • confectioners' sugar. Add milk and orange extract; beat until
  • smooth. Frost bars. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Cut into
  • bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 162 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.