Pumpkin Spice Bars

    50 minutes

    This is the dessert I always take to potlucks. I've brought it to several and there are never any leftovers.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 400g pumpkin puree, tinned or fresh
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 2 cups (400g) white sugar
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon bicarb soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 125g cream cheese, softened
    • 130g butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 3 cups (360g) icing sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. In a medium bowl combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, spice and sugar.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt.
    3. Using an electric mixer, slowly add the oil, eggs and pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture.
    4. Mix and pour into greased 20x30cm tin. Bake at 180 degrees C for 20 - 25 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
    5. To make icing: Cream the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together. Slowly add the icing sugar and milk.

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    this recipe is similar to one I got out of a better homes and garden cook book except the seasoning. there should only be 2 tsp of baking soda and powder. Not tbsp. I also cheated and used a can of cream cheese frosting and It was great. The spices really added something to this receipe.  -  02 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I love these bars. I decided to use 1 c. white sugar and 1 c. brown sugar instead of the 2 c. white sugar in the recipe. It turned out great. I like the depth of flavor the brown sugar added to it. Thank you Amy.  -  30 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe is tasty, and my 5 year old liked to help with the mixing. But it has a slightly chemical-like taste. I think it is from the large amounts of baking powder and baking soda the recipe calls for. I am going to try to use less next time and see how they turn out. Also, the bars are really very much more like cake. They were hard to pick up and eat with your hands when cut in squares. The frosting is really yummy too, but needed more milk. Overall, I would make them again with a few adjustments. Everyone in my family liked them.  -  05 Sep 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)