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Raisin Pumpkin Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

These moist bars will keep well—if your family doesn't eat them all right away! They're nice to take to a potluck supper or as a snack or dessert anytime. —J.B. Hendrix, Ganado, Texas
Raisin Pumpkin Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, pumpkin, oil and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, combine the butter, cream cheese, milk and vanilla in a bowl; beat until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread over top; cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 297 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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