Pumpkin Bars with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

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in Desserts

I am totally on a pumpkin kick.

Can't get enough of of it this time of year. Forgive me but you might see even another pumpkin recipe before the season is over. But that's the kind of girl I am.

 

These moist little wonders melt in your mouth. Found the recipe at: http://www.cuisinerecipes.com. I just love that site.

Tip: Cool the bars completely before covering them with the frosting.

FOR THE BARS, WHISK:
1 cup each granulated sugar and packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 can pumpkin purée (15 oz.)
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
SIFT:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. each baking powder and ground cinnamon
1 tsp. each table salt and baking soda
1⁄2 tsp. each ground ginger, cloves, and nutmeg
FOR THE FROSTING, MELT:
4 oz. white bar chocolate, chopped
1⁄2 pkg. cream cheese, softened (12 oz.)
1⁄2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (12 Tbsp.)
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat an 11 1⁄2×16 1⁄2-inch baking sheet with nonstick spray.

For the bars, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin purée, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.

Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg into pumpkin mixture. Whisk mixture into wet ingredients until combined. Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, melt white chocolate in a microwave on high, 1–2 minutes; stir until smooth.

Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on high speed until smooth. Add melted chocolate and beat to combine. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars, top with garnish, see left, and cut into bars.

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