The Best Pumpkin Bars I've Ever Had.
2023/09/20

Title: Best Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil

- 3 large eggs

- 1 cup packed brown sugar

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting:

- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

- 2 cups confectioners' sugar

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 10x15-inch baking pan.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract until well combined.

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. A few lumps in the batter are okay.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Remove from the oven and let the bars cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.

2. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until well combined and smooth.

3. Once the bars have cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top.

4. Optional: Garnish with festive sprinkles or pumpkin icing decorations.

5. Cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy these delicious spiced pumpkin bars with creamy, spiced cream cheese frosting. They are perfect for any occasion and will surely impress your family and friends.

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