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Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars Recipe

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

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.