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Patti's Pumpkin Bars

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(Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. all spice
1/2 tsp. cloves
4 eggs
1-15 oz. can pumpkin
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup oil
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Stir together thoroughly all dry ingredients. Set aside. In another large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, oil, and pumpkin. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the liquid ingredients; beat only until well combined with mixer (about 2 minutes, no more). If adding the pecans, stir these in now.

Lightly Pam a 15"X10"X1" pan and spread batter evenly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min. I always check baked goodies several minutes before the earliest baking time as ovens vary. You can always bake a little longer but once something is overdone and dry...oops! Insert wooden toothpick and it should come out clean when done. Cool on wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Beat together 3 oz of cream cheese (take this out early so it will be soft) with 1/4 cup of butter softened and add one tsp. vanilla. Beat until nice and fluffy. Gradually add two cups of confectioner's sugar (sift this so that frosting will not have lumps). Sweetness levels are individual. If you would like to cut this (a little fresh lemon juice or salt will do nicely). Frost when bars are totally cool when feeling the underside of the pan. After you cut into bars you can decorate the top of each little bar with crisscrossed pecans. Bon Appétit!