Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Serves 15

Ingredients

Pumpkin Bars:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Guida’s Dairy milk
Maple Cream Cheese frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • ¼ cup Guida’s Dairy heavy cream or milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract or ¼ cup maple syrup

Garnish:

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

How to

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease and flour a 9×13 inch glass baking dish.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

  • Mix together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  • Add in the egg whites, one at a time, then the whole egg. Then add the vanilla, pumpkin puree, and yogurt and mix until well combined.

  • Add in some of the dry ingredients, then some of the milk. Continue alternating until all the ingredients have combined together.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake springs back when touched.

  • For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar in batches, then add in the heavy cream and maple syrup and mix together until smooth.

  • Frost the cooled pumpkin bars and top with pumpkin spice, if desired. Cut into bars, serve, and enjoy!