For as long as I can remember, during the holidays my family has always gotten together to share in our holiday cookies. One of our favorite ones is these yummy Spicy Sweet Potato Bars.
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One bite of these sweet potato bars and you'll think they were pumpkin - the flavors are very similar. Raisins and pecans add texture to the bars. Cream cheese frosting on top is slightly tangy and sweet. A nice complement to the bars that are filled with fall flavors. Easy to make, these will be a great addition to a holiday dessert tray.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of a jelly roll baking pan, 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 1-inch, with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sugar, eggs, sweet potatoes, molasses, and vanilla extract for 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy.
Gradually add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
Once all dry ingredients are added, beat for an additional 1 to 2 minutes longer or until blended.
Stir in raisins and 1 cup chopped pecans.
Spoon and evenly spread the mixture onto prepared greased jelly roll baking pan.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
Frost top evenly with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle over top of frosting with remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows, to form 48 bars. Store in an airtight container.
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