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Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars

 Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars
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
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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

Directions

  • 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.

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Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.