Back in the late 70's in North Dakota when I was selling Home Interiors & Gifts, I held a decorating show for a lady who served these. Normally, I didn't eat the dessert that my hostesses were serving, but THIS TIME, I couldn't resist that spicy aroma of the cinnamon, pumpkin and ginger! I asked her for the recipe and the rest is history! It makes a large sheet cake pan worth. Unless they are made for a family gathering, I usually cut them up, once frosted and freeze them! They freeze well!
1Mix the first three (wet) ingredients together thoroughly.
2Add dry ingredients to the above and mix with hand mixer.
3Bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
4Allow to cool completely.
5Once bars are cooled, combine softened cream cheese, softened butter and powdered sugar in bowl.
Add 1 t. vanilla and cold milk as needed until icing is spreadable. I use a hand mixer to blend my icing.
I like to chop up some pecans or walnuts and sprinkle on the top of my icing. Some like to actually blend the nuts into the icing. It's up to you!