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Spiced Pumpkin Bars

Total Time

Prep/Total TIme: 30 min.


2-1/2 dozen

These bars are moist, with bold pumpkin and spice flavors. When I want to lower the cholesterol, I use egg whites in place of the eggs.—Richard Case, Johnstown, Pennsylvania


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and applesauce. Stir into the dry ingredients.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack before cutting. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 88 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • monahanpt
    Nov 17, 2014

    I agree with the reviewer who said this is more like cake. But it was good, and got positive feedback from the teachers at my school.

  • LegalSec
    Jun 10, 2013

    Very good flavor. For the applesauce I used chunky applesauce, added some dried cranberries and did frosting with cream cheese frosting. I had leftover batter so I made a few muffins which is what I am going to do next time just make all muffins out of it and omit the cream cheese frosting. Very moist and flavorful on its own.

  • mbdumee
    Sep 23, 2012

    The flavor of the bars was great - the spices were right. However, the texture was very cake-like. As a result, it was very hard to eat these as "bars." We ended up just making a cream cheese frosting and then they were much better.

  • bluevg7
    Nov 26, 2010

    No comment left

  • sweetpups3
    Oct 7, 2009

    I just added powder sugar, butter, vanilla, cream cheese and little milk for frosting better than confectioners sugar opt. VERY GOOD because I like applesauce than oil.

  • cd11quilt
    Jun 28, 2009

    Very good and super moist. Instead of confectioners' sugar, try whipped cream. Yum!