Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars


Tangy cranberries stud these luscious, spicy pumpkin bars.


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
3/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries



Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and ginger in large bowl. Stir in ¾ cup butter, pumpkin and eggs; mix well. Stir in cranberries.

Spread batter into ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.




1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 to 1/3 cup milk



Meanwhile, melt ½ cup butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter just starts to turn golden brown (3 to 5 minutes). (Butter will get foamy and bubble.) Immediately remove from heat. Pour into medium bowl; cool 5 minutes.

Add powdered sugar and vanilla to cooled browned butter; mix well. Stir in enough milk for desired frosting consistency. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Cut into bars.


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60 bars

Nutritional Information: 

Nutrition Facts (1 bar); Calories 110; Fat 4g; Cholesterol 20mg’ Sodium 80mg; Carbohydrate 17g; Dietary Fiber 0g; Protein 1g

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I made this recipe twice as

I made this recipe twice as directed except left out the cranberries, used a 13"x9" pan and baked it for about 25 minutes. The resulting pumpkin cake squares were absolutely scrumptious and were served to two different women's groups entertained in my home. They were an absolute hit and knowing they came from The Old Farmer's Almanac gave them an additional touch of downhome-ness. Thank you for a new favorite! Julie in the Berkshires of MA

I made these today just like

I made these today just like the recipe said and they are AMAZING!!! I used a smaller pan and baked for 25 minutes and it made a really moist and fabulous cake!! I am adding this to the recipes that I will make again and again. Thanks for sharing!!