A couple weeks ago I made these bars for a little get together with old co-workers. There was plenty of other food there so not many got ate at the party, but that meant Patrick and I were able to enjoy them for a good week. I really liked these bars. I made them in a 9x13 pan and it was more like pumpkin cake, but very tasty. And of course we loved the frosting. What's not to love about cream cheese frosting.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup apple juice
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
10 oz. cream cheese, chilled
6½ tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4 tsp. clear vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 15x10 or 13x9 pan; lightly flour. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat bar ingredients on low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Spread batter in pan.
Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
To make the frosting combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat 2-3 minutes more. Blend in the vanilla.
Spread frosting over cooled bars. Refrigerate until set. Store in refrigerator.
Source: Marital Bless & Annie's Eats