Pumpkin Pie Bars

Posted by: Nancy K 10-08-99 8:19 PM

Pumpkin Pie Bars

2/3 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped and divided
1 (16 oz.) can solid-pack pumpkin
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
powdered sugar glaze, optional

Preheat oven to 350 F.

With mixer, beat margarine and sugar until creamy. Stir in flour and walnuts until mixture is crumbly; reserve 3/4 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture on bottom of a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, blend pumpkin, condensed milk, molasses, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla; pour over pastry crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake for 30-35 minutes more or until set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with powdered sugar glaze if desired. Cut into 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch bars. Store in refrigerator.

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