Recipe Cupboard – Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry 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 teaspoons ground ginger

3 large eggs @ room temperature

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin

3/4 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries

Brown butter frosting

1/2 cup butter

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 to 6 tablespoons whole milk


In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin and butter; stir into dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in cranberries.

Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a large bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost bars. If desired, sprinkle with finely chopped dried cranberries.