Pumpkin Bars With Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

from Debra Dier

YIELD 24-48 Bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or substitute ½ cup unsweetened applesauce and ½ cup oil)
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder, spices, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until the ingredients are combined.
  5. Spread the batter into a greased 15 by10 by 1 inch baking pan.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely before frosting.
  8. Cut into bars.

DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING

  1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Incorporate the orange zest on medium speed.
  3. Add the sugar one cup at a time, incorporating on low speed after each addition.
  4. Add the orange juice and mix on low until well combined.
  5. Beat on high until frosting is creamy.
  6. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.