Zucchini Bars with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

1 cup raisins


Icing:

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon milk

2 to 3 cups powdered sugar, or enough for desired consistency


Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 13x9-inch pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a medium bowl.

Beat the butter, brown sugar and vanilla on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until blended. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Stir in the zucchini and raisins. Spread batter in baking pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To make icing, beat cream cheese, lemon juice and milk on medium speed until blended and smooth. Reduce speed to low and slowly beat in 2 cups of the powdered sugar, adding additional sugar for desired consistency. Spread icing over bars. Let stand 30 minutes or until set.

Makes 24 bar


Copyright 2010 Janice Cole