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Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin BarsI had some leftover pumpkin, from a previous recipe, that I needed to use before it went bad. I’m not sure where I got this recipe but I decided to give it a try. It turned out even better than I thought it would.

1 (18.25 ounce) box of yellow cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs, divided
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Reserve 1/2 cup of the dry cake mix.

2. In a large mixer bowl, combine the remaining dry cake mix, oil and 1 egg. Mix together using a spoon until crumbly;  with your fingers,press mixture firmly onto bottom of a 13×9-inch baking pan.

3. In another large mixer bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients; mix well using a spoon. Pour over cake mix layer. Bake for 50 minutes; cool before cutting. Makes 24 bars.

You may eat these just as they are or frost them with Cream Cheese Frosting. Either way they are really good.


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