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CLASSIC PUMPKIN BARS


Active Time : 20 minutes
Total Time : 50 minutes
Serves : 35 bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup pure vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 15 ounce can 100% pure pumpkin (15 ounce)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese (8 ounce) softened
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk

DIRECTIONS

In large mixing bowl, combine ¾ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla and pie spice; beat with electric mixer until well combined, scraping sides of bowl often.

Add in pumpkin; continue mixing until well combined.

Reduce mixer to low and slowly add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Continue mixing until well combined.

Transfer to a 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan that has been sprayed with no-stick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely.

In medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, remaining ½ cup granulated sugar and milk. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Spread over tops of bars.