Pumpkin Bars

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Pumpkin Bars – Light and fluffy pumpkin bars with all those delicious fall spices.  Topped with homemade cream cheese frosting for a delicious pumpkin dessert!

When I was a kid there were a few things that you could expect every time we went to family functions on my mom’s side of the family.  My grandma would have Apple Bars around if they were in season, she would make pans and pans of them!  There would always be nuts in everything….cookies, brownies, fudge, everything.

And my aunt would always bring her pumpkin bars. There was just something about how she made them. I am not sure if it was the cream cheese frosting, or extra spices she added, but they were always extra tasty!

A piece of pumpkin cake on a plate, with a fork

 

So today I am sharing the pumpkin bars recipe that I grew up with!  It is light, fluffy, and full of all those fall spices that you are looking for.  And the cream cheese frosting on top makes it all come together and be amazing!  I have seen many pumpkin bar recipes start out with a cake mix, but not here.  These are completely from scratch, but still so easy to make.

What You’ll Need

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract Milk

The ingredient list looks long, but they are so easy to make! You can use Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the spices to make things faster and easier. And the recipe includes a homemade cream cheese frosting, which you could use store bought if you were in a hurry.

A piece of pumpkin cake sitting on top of a paper plate

How to Make Pumpkin Bars

You do not even need a mixer to make the bars, you really just need a couple bowls and spatula to mix everything together!

  1. In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. 
  2. In a separate bowl mix together oil, eggs, and pumpkin until well blended. 
  3. Add pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a prepared 13×9 inch baking dish.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. 
  6. Let the bars cool completely before frosting.

The frosting is best if you use a stand mixer or hand held electric mixer. Just beat cream cheese and butter together until it is light and creamy. Start slow when you add the powdered sugar or it will end up all over the place!  If your frosting is thick you can add a tablespoon or two of milk to help thin it out.  This will definitely help when frosting the bars!

A piece of cake on a plate, with Pumpkin and Cream cheese

This pumpkin bars recipe uses a full can of pumpkin, which is great. I hate having half a can in my fridge. But if you have some to use up check out my chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes.  It will use up what you may have left in a can. Or even this No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake looks delicious!

These pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the perfect fall dessert. They are great to bring to a potluck or get together of any kind.  It makes a lot, so there will be enough for everyone!  But they will disappear quickly, trust me on that!

A piece of cake on a plate, with Pumpkin and Cream

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Pumpkin Bars - Light and fluffy pumpkin bars with all those delicious fall spices.  Topped with homemade cream cheese frosting for a delicious pumpkin dessert!
4.87 from 23 votes

Pumpkin Bars

By Erin
Pumpkin Bars – Light and fluffy pumpkin bars with all those delicious fall spices.  Topped with homemade cream cheese frosting for a delicious pumpkin dessert!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 30

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk, use if frosting is too thick

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or grease well.  Set aside
  • In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. 
  • In a separate bowl mix together oil, eggs, and pumpkin until well blended. 
  • Add pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. 
  • Let the bars cool completely before frosting

To make frosting

  • Beat butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and sugar, beat until creamy. If frosting is too thick add milk to make it easy to spread.
  • Once bars are completely cool, spread with frosting.  Cut into squares to serve.

Notes

You can substitute 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice for all the spices

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 374
Keyword: pumpkin bars
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17 Comments

  1. These are some of the best pumpkin bars I’ve ever made. They’re so moist and tender, and the frosting is incredible.