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Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars Recipe
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Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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Sweet tooths will polish off these wonderful bars. They have a delicious orange frosting and can be decorated with candy pumpkins.—Barb Schlafer, Appleton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ORANGE FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • Candy pumpkins

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 174 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 44 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the shortening, confectioners' sugar, orange juice and orange peel until blended. Frost bars; cut into squares. Top with candy pumpkins. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p60

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 174 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 44 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

I love these bars, they are like mini versions of carrot cake, only with pumpkin instead. The fall flavor of the spices is incredible.

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

we make these each Halloween and they're always a hit!

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Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

Love this recipe. I quadruple it so I can use the large can of pumpkin. I put in chocolate chips 2 c. For quadruDpled it in two large jelly roll sheet cake pans and then cut and freeze. I use butter instead shortening. I don't use frosting. Everyone loves it.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

Love this recipe. I quadruple it so I can use the large can of pumpkin. I put in chocolate chips 2 c. For quadrupled it in two large jelly roll sheet cake pans and then cut and freeze. I use butter instead shortening. I don't use frosting. Everyone loves it.

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

I have a dairy allergy and needed to make some snacks for an adult party. Thinking there would be nothing else for me to eat there (and I was correct), I was excited when I stumbled upon the recipe. It was not a hit- no one who tried a bar ate more than a few bites because they were pretty disgusting. I am an intermediate level and avid baker so I can say with confidence that I followed the recipe to the letter. Prior to cooking the cake batter had a disgusting bitter aftertaste yet after baking the cake tasted moist and no longer bitter. It was nothing exceptional but it was fine. The disgusting part was the icing. It has an orange cough syrup taste and the shortening made it taste "off" and greasy. I would never make this again, I don't even know where to begin tweaking it. If you make, find another frosting recipe.

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