Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
4 eggs 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1¾ cups fresh pumpkin puree 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 2 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup raisins (if desired)
Cream Cheese Frosting 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened ¼ cup butter or margarine 2-3 tsp milk 1 tsp vanilla 4 cups powdered sugar
Heat oven to 350*. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray.
In large bowl, beat eggs, granulated sugar, oil and pumpkin with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Stir in raisins. Spread in pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and bars spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, on low speed until smooth and spreadable. Spreading frosting over bars. Sprinkle with walnuts. For bars, cut into 7 rows by 7 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.