Carrot Cake Bars may look like a piece of cake but it is really a dense bar cookie, all dressed up to look like cake. It sure is good, too!
1cupold fashioned or quick oats
2cupsbrown sugarpacked (I use light or dark, whatever I have on hand)
4cupsall purpose baking mix
2Sticks butter or margarinemelted
1+1/2 cups grated carrots
chopped pecans 1/2 cup for batter1/2 cup for top
8ouncescream cheeseat room temp
1stick butter or margarineat room temp
3 1/2 to 4cupsconfectioner's sugar
Combine baking mix, sugar, oats, and melted butter in large mixing bowl and stir by hand until dough is formed.
Stir in carrots, raisins, and pecans until well mixed. Pat into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, or until lightly golden all over the top. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
To make icing
Place softened butter and cream cheese in large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until well blended. Slowly add sugar, a cup or so at a time, and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and lemon juice as well until well blended. Ice cooled bars.