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Penuche Pumpkin Bars recipe

Penuche Pumpkin Bars.

The creamy brown sugar frosting makes theperfect flavor companion to these moist pumpkin bars.

Recipe: Penuche Pumpkin Bars

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin pur e
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup toasted nuts, chopped (optional)Penuche Frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup whole milk or light cream
2 cups confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

  • For Bars: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).Lightly butter and flour a 13x9x2-inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butterand sugar using an electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla extract,mix to combine. Add pumpkin; mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, bakingpowder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; mix tocombine. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix well.If desired, add nuts or raisins; mix until dispersed evenly.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; spreadevenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted incenter comes out clean. Allow bars to cool in pan before toppingwith fudge frosting.
  • For Penuche Frosting: Combine butter andbrown sugar in a sauce pan over medium high heat; bring to aboil. Lower heat to medium low and continue to boil for 2 minutes,stirring constantly. Add milk and return to boil, stirring constantly.Transfer mixture to a medium bowl; cool to lukewarm.
  • Gradually add confectioners’ sugar,stirring until incorporated. Beat mixture until thick enoughto spread; adding additional confectioners’ sugar if needed.If fudge is too thick, add a little hot water.
  • Frost cooled bars with warm fudge; letfudge set completely before cutting into squares. Store finishedbars covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

    Makes 24 servings.

    Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

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     felt like my coworkers threw me a really awesome daytime party complete with Mexican beer, beef fajitas on the grill, these always-the-favorite cookies, and this very Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Cake made by yours truly. The cake sounds amazing and I definitely had no idea what penuche was, but it sounds amazing too! Sounds like such a fun, food-filled birthday, as it should be. ??

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