GINGERBREAD PUMPKIN BARS

 

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Ingredients

  • For the bars
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup rolled quick oats
  • For the filling
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups mashed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • For the drizzle
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Preheat oven to 350

Directions

  • o 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.

Notes

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