Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Zucchini Bars with Spice Frosting

Do you like gingerbread?  Well, even though there is no ginger in this recipe, these zucchini bars taste just like gingerbread.  Perhaps it is the cloves that impart such a pleasant flavor.
A thin coating of frosting, lightly spiced with a small amount of ground cloves, make for a very nice bar.
Not sure about the servings ~ I sure don't get 24 pieces from a  9- or 8-inch square pan ;)

If you are looking for something other than a bread or muffing recipe for zucchini, you might want to try...



Zucchini Bars
source: Betty Crocker's Best of Baking 
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Makes 2 dozen bars (?)

Ingredients
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup shredded zucchini, drained
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Spice Frosting
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 to 4 teaspoons milk

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 9- or 8-inch square pan. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cloves. Stir in zucchini and nuts. Spread in pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

In medium bowl, mix all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Spread frosting over bars. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
Makes 24 bars

Variation
Turn these fall favorites into Christmas bars! Sprinkle with red and green decorator sugar, and add 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries to the recipe.
Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Bar) Calories 95

24 comments:

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

This recipe looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Judy

Winnie said...

I love gingerbread and these bars look fantastic!!

EMMA said...

These look and sound delicious. Will be trying them out tomorrow with my son.
Love the way that all the ingredients are the type of thing I always have around.

Debbie said...

Sounds great! I love gingerbread. Hope you had a nice day!

podso said...

It must be the cloves that sort of mimic the ginger. They look like another way to use zuchini, and a nice change from the regular zuchini bread. :-)

Susan said...

Those sound delish, LDH. Just delish. Mmmmmm Susan

Maple Lane said...

I know I would fall in love with this recipe.

Denise said...

Hello,Lovely yummy recipe and they look so pretty.I'm your new follower.Please do come on over for a visit with Me and stay as long as you like.Blessings your way.Denise from Coffeeberry Cottage

Alycia Nichols said...

I DO really like gingerbread, but I haven't made it in a long time. So these zucchini bars have a comparable flavor? Hmmmm....I think I'm going to try them. It's pretty cold here in the Kansas City, MO area (after 4 or 5 consecutive days of beautiful weather in the 70s and 80s, we're now expecting 1-2 inches of snow tonight!), so some of these over the weekend would be a great little pick-me-up! I won't be getting 24 servings from a pan that small, either! More like 2-4 servings around here! :-) :-) :-) Your photo of the zucchini bars is very pretty, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Maryann said...

These looks really yummy, I am always looking for recipes that call for zucchini, especially when the plants start producing this summer

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I can tell I love gingerbread by all of the gingerbread cookies I've posted on my blog :)

These look delicious, Lorraine, and perfect for summer when fresh zucchini is at the farmers' market!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I do love gingerbread and I love recipes that call for zucchini.

kitty said...

I can't wait to try these when we get some home-grown zucchini. I love spicy recipes, Lorraine and especially with a frosting on top...irresistible!!

Marigene said...

Yummy looking...I love gingerbread, so I am sure these will hit the spot!

Nonnie said...

Zucchini is one of my favorites for baking. And this one looks fabulous.

D Stepp said...

I wanted to stop by and thank you for the nice comment you left on my 'Better than nachos' post tonight. I love your blog and am now following via GFC. I also wanted to invite you to share your posts at the weekly Rock N Share party I host each Wed. Thanks again...have a great weekend. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

Tammy said...

I bet they are yummy! I made a lemon zucchini cake a while back and took it to friends. The guy is Lebanese and just couldn't imagine that I made a cake with "koosa" that's the Arabic word for zucchini. He ate it but just couldn't get past the fact that I made cake with a vegetable. :) Have a lovely weekend. Tammy

Carol said...

They look so good, zucchini is such a nice healthy addition. Enjoy your weekend.

Snap said...

I'll be saving this recipe -- zucchini season is just around the corner!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It has been a while since I came to visit,but I have thought of you from time to time. These bars looks really good. I shall save and soon try and make some for our family gathering in June~

Gypsy Heart said...

Hmmmm, these look and sound delish! I like anything with spices ~

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Hmmmm, these look and sound delish! I like anything with spices ~

xo
Pat

Micupoftea~ said...

Have not had zucchini bread or muffins in years- spices sound great! HAPPY May, happy Mother's Day :)Shawn

Just a little something from Judy said...

My sister-in-law grows lots of zucchini. We are always looking for new and delicious recipes. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and for providing a way to print it. I know if it is from you, it will be good. I like gingerbread and zucchini bread. Can't wait to try it.

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