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Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.


15 servings

"My health-conscious granddaughter, Jennifer, gave me the recipe for these nicely spiced bars," relates Dovie Sears of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in the egg, egg whites, pumpkin, oil and water until well blended.
  2. Transfer to an 11x7-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Frost bars. Chill for 15 minutes before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 185 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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