Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday Treats: Pumpkin Bars {Better Homes and Gardens Magazine}

Alright, technically, this recipe isn't from one of my cookbooks, but a special publication of BH&G indulging in the world of brownies and bars. For me, it counts because there are but 1 or 2 ads and the rest is recipe love--120 of'em.

Anyway, these are SO simple to make and absolutely delicious {with my modifications}. I made a batch on Tuesday night to take for dessert at a supper with friends, and although good--it was a little bit bland tasting. So when I made a batch this afternoon to take to church {and gift some :}, I upped the salt and cloves.

That's all it took to take this recipe to great to out-of-this-world. They are very soft and moist and have the perfect blend of spices.

And the browned butter frosting? Mmm, YUM!

In my opinion--as good as the frosting tastes--I prefer these in their un-adorned perfection :D

Pumpkin Bars
Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications: Brownies & Bars

2 cups flour
1+1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1-15 oz can pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
Browned Butter Frosting

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.

2. In a smaller bowl, lightly beat the eggs, pumpkin, and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients to combine. Spread batter evenly in an ungreased 15x10x1-in pan.

3. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

4. Spread with Browned Butter Frosting. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

Browned Butter Frosting

In a small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup of butter over low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a golden brown. Remove from heat. In your mixing bowl attached with whisk attachment, combine 3 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add the browned butter and beat on low speed until combined. Beat, on medium to high speed, until spreading consistency. Add more milk as needed.

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