Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars
48
bars
25 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Bar

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1/4 cup mild flavor molasses

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  

1/3 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats

Filling

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

1/2 cup sugar

6 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Fat Free Half & Half

 

 *Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    Press remaining mixture into ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

    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.

Tip #1

Bars are best made no more than 1 day ahead as the crust starts to soften.

Nutrition

120Calories
6Fat (mg)
25Cholesterol (mg)
90Sodium (mg)
18Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)

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  September 20, 2012

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!!

— says Beth
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  November 24, 2011

Five stars I loved it. Would use less sugar in the bar and would leave off the glaze. Perfect!

— says Georgetta
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