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Fluffy Raisin Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate-covered raisins are a fun surprise inside these moist pumpkin bars. The traditional cream cheese frosting never fails to please. —Margaret Wilson, San Bernardino, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate-covered raisins for baking
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices; gradually add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in walnuts and chocolate-covered raisins.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Add milk and orange extract; beat until smooth. Frost bars. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 162 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • irehc
    Nov 5, 2011

    My husband and brother ate the pumpkin bars before I pit the frosting on them! I liked them very much too! Definitely would make them again. I could not find the Chocolate covered raisin for baking,so I used regular chocolate covered raisins....

  • doitl8tr
    Oct 25, 2011

    I have not made this recipe as of yet, but wanted to know if there is a difference from chocolate covered raisins to chocolate covered raisins for baking as stated in the recipe.

  • kedunham
    Aug 7, 2009

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  • cdroberts
    Sep 22, 2008

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