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Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars

This recipe came from Peabody.
I made it on Thursday for my co-worker's last day at our work. It received rave reviews from the staff. I even went out and bought new whole spices to grind up since some of mine were either old or pre-ground. Mmmmm... that makes the whole baking experience even that much more fun. The only issue was trying to make pretty presentation since the bars don't come out really firm.


For the bars:
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
16 tsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1/3 c. rolled quick oats

For the filling:
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 c. mashed pumpkin
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
2 large eggs

For the drizzle:
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.

To make the bars:In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and molasses until creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Reserve 3/4 cup of this mixture and place in a small bowl. Scoop the remaining mixture into a 10″ x 15″ baking pan lightly coated with nonstick spray.

Add the oats to the reserved mixture and mix until combined - set aside.

To make the filling:In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves - mix until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing just until combined. Scoop the mixture over the uncooked base and use an off-set spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the top. Crumble reserved oat mixture over filling.

Bake until the topping is a golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the drizzle:In a small bowl, mix together confectioners’ sugar, butter and vanilla. Mix in just enough milk until the mixture will easily flow from a spoon - drizzle over cooled bars.


Meg, Chris & Sofia said...

You are such an amazing cook! So when will you be bringing these yummy treats in???

oneshop said...

looks yummy.



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