Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars Recipe
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Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars Recipe

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With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting, these mildly spiced pumpkin bars are doubly delightful. It's a good thing the recipe makes lots, because once you taste one, you won't be able to resist going back for more! -Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • BROWN BUTTER FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 130 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin and butter; stir into dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in cranberries.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a large bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost bars. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 130 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

Love this. It's a great recipe. Has an excellent flavor. The Brown butter frosting is very good, too. I didn't let the cake cool completely because I wanted the frosting to 'melt' on rather than spreading it, although I did have to spread it a little. It looked very smooth and glazed over. Be sure to sift the confectionery sugar. This is probably a good recipe for banana bars w/butter frosting (minus the spices). Definitely a keeper!

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Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

Yum!!!

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

Yummy! and easy

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

Delicious! The brown butter frosting is perfect for this. I've made this recipe several times, and everyone who tries them loves them. Thanks!

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

I made a cream cheese frosting for top. Definately a keeper.

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