Pumpkin-Ginger Bars

Mmm! Enjoy classic frosted pumpkin bars made with the goodness of whole wheat flour.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 48

Bars

1 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup Gold Medal™ whole wheat flour
1/4
cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
2
teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup vegetable oil
1/2
cup milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2
eggs

Frosting

1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
3
cups powdered sugar
1
to 2 tablespoons milk
Ground nutmeg, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray; lightly flour. In large bowl, beat bar ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Spread in pan.
  • 2 Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on low speed until blended. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and 1 to 2 tablespoons milk until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Frost cooled bars. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

One-half teaspoon ground ginger can be used in place of the crystallized ginger, but expect a different texture and flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
75mg
75%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
14g
14%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.