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Ginger and pumpkin provide a delicious flavor combination for bars for the Fall season.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup butter and molasses in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; beat at low speed until well mixed. Place 3/4 cup mixture into bowl. Add oats to 3/4 cup molasses mixture; mix well. Set aside.
Press remaining mixture into ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
Combine pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, cream cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in bowl. Beat until well mixed. Add eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Spread mixture over crust to within 1/4 inch of edge. Crumble reserved oat mixture over filling. Bake 25-30 minutes or until topping is light golden brown. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough half & half for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled bars. Store bars in loosely covered container in refrigerator.
*Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
Dietary Fiber: 0g
These bars are amazingly delicious! I only rated it a 4 because they do soften up a lot. By the third day, they were mushy, and we threw out half the batch. I did not store them in the fridge though, so maybe that will help. Definitely worth making!!
Five stars I loved it. Would use less sugar in the bar and would leave off the glaze. Perfect!
Great recipe. Not a big fan of molassas so substituted apple butter. I didn't read the note about the crust getting soft after one day and made the recipe in advance of a lunch party. Guests loved the bars but had to use forks. Makes a large batch so I'd cut recipe in half next time to keep them crisp..
This recipe was tasty, but I felt like something was missing from the pumpkin layer....like it needed either some extra spice or tad bit more sugar. The crust was very flavorful and a great texture. I did not add the glaze to the top as I did not feel it was needed.
The flavours in these bars are toe-curling incredible. My only complaint is that the recipe does make a large amount, however it does look like it could be easily halved. Otherwise the original yield would be ideal for Thanksgiving or a holiday gathering, or even a potluck dessert.
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