Pumpkin Bars

Who doesn’t love a batch of pumpkin bars!? Soft and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they’re the epitome of fall for me and bring back so many warm memories of my mom pulling these out of her oven. Honestly, they’re super easy to make and always a huge hit. If you want to dress them up, have them pre-cut and place individual portions on plates to serve as a dessert. You could even gild the lily with a little seasonal cinnamon ice cream on top. How amazing does that combination sound?!

If you’re looking for something to feed a large crowd at a potluck or party, these are also perfect since they make a large pan. As so many of my desserts do, they freeze beautifully so you can feel free to whip up a batch beforehand.

Any way you enjoy them, they can be your go-to seasonal dessert. They seriously just about melt in your mouth and instantly taste like fall!

Pumpkin bars sitting on white plate with cream cheese frosting on top on a gray slate surface

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Pumpkin Bars

With a sweet cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin bars are a perfect treat during the fall. Spongy, light, and full of pumpkin flavor!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, dessert, fall, pumpkin, snack
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Baking
Servings: 18 bars
Author: Kaleb

Ingredients

For the bars

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

For the frosting

  • 3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Crack eggs into a large bowl and beat. Add pumpkin, oil, and sugar, whisking to incorporate.
  • Mix in flour, salt, soda, powder, and cinnamon. Whisk together until completely incorporated.
  • Pour into a greased 15 ½ x 10 ½ (jelly roll size) pan and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting, the butter and cream cheese needs to be at room temperature. Otherwise, they won’t incorporate well. Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Add remaining ingredients, adjusting sugar to achieve good frosting consistency. Frost bars and enjoy!

Notes

  • I like to chill my pumpkin bars slightly after they come out of the oven to ensure the frosting won’t melt.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 barCalories: 362 kcal (18%)Carbohydrates: 45.8 g (15%)Protein: 3.3 g (7%)Fat: 19.1 g (29%)Saturated Fat: 4.8 g (30%)Trans Fat: 0.1 gCholesterol: 57.2 mg (19%)Sodium: 167.6 mg (7%)Fiber: 0.9 g (4%)Sugar: 33.8 g (38%)

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