Delicious Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars


These are the best pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting I’ve ever had. They have incredible spiced pumpkin flavor and aren’t quite as light and cakey as most other recipes. Instead, they’re soft and sturdy which pairs perfectly with the cream cheese frosting on top!


Delicious Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


My son in law loves everything pumpkin! So when we have family dinner on Sunday, I try to find recipes that will make my family smile!


Are Pumpkin Bars and Pumpkin Cake The Same?

Let’s clear this up right away! Some pumpkin bar recipes basically produce pumpkin cake. Sure, the bars are totally delicious, but they’re more like a thin and fragile piece of cake than an easy bar dessert. I set out to create something slightly different, but still maintain a favorably soft and moist texture.



Topping for Pumpkin Bars

You can keep these pumpkin bars totally plain or even dust with a little confectioners’ sugar. They’re still fabulous without a special garnish on top! But, alas, I never pass up an opportunity for cream cheese frosting. To give them a little extra flair, add pumpkin pie spice to the frosting. You’ll be surprised how a *little* spice can totally transform frosting.



pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting


Pumpkin Bar Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree, (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  •  teaspoons vanilla

pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting


Pumpkin Bar Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently stir until well combined. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Frosting Directions

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter on high until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla, until smooth. Do not over-beat. Spread on top of completely cooled bars. Cut into bars.



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