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Frosted Pumpkin Bars

 Frosted Pumpkin Bars
"My health-conscious granddaughter, Jennifer, gave me the recipe for these nicely spiced bars," relates Dovie Sears of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
15 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in the egg,
  • egg whites, pumpkin, oil and water until well blended.
  • Transfer to an 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
  • near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the
  • confectioners' sugar, vanilla and lemon peel. Frost bars. Chill for

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Frosted Pumpkin Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 15 minutes before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 15
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: One bar equals 185 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.