Pumpkin Bars fill your house with the cozy tastes and smells of the holidays. Moist tender cake-like bars flavored with pumpkin puree and warming spices meld with rich butter and cream cheese frosting for a bar so good, it’s hard to stop at one!

When it comes to fall and winter I can’t get enough pumpkin spice recipes (like Pumpkin Spice Lattes). Pumpkin bars along with pumpkin pie, and easy pumpkin bread are just a couple of my favorites!

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How to Make Pumpkin Bars

This recipe is as easy as (pumpkin) pie! No pastry dough to mix or roll, and cleanup is a snap.

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in wet ingredients.
  3. Pour into a sheet cake pan and bake.

Cool, top with frosting, and cut into bars for serving. Serve with hot chocolate, chai tea or your favorite gourmet coffee.

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How to Store Leftover Pumpkin Bars

Cream cheese frosting should be refrigerated, so be sure to make room in the fridge to store leftovers. It will keep for up to a week, tightly covered. Freezing is also an option. Bars can be stored for up to 6 months in freezer containers.

For food safety reasons, thaw frozen pumpkin bars in the fridge. Pumpkin Bars are the perfect cake for make-ahead convenience, or to bring to office parties. Everyone will want the recipe!

Pumpkin bar in a sheet pan with and without icing

Yummy Pumpkin Flavored Baking

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Easy Pumpkin Bars

This moist cake with a cream cheese frosting is a yummy crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 slices

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup butter (unsalted) softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spice and salt in a bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir just until combined.
  • Pour into an ungreased 10x15" baking pan and bake 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting or top each serving with whipped cream.

Frosting

  • Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer 2 to 3 minutes until creamy.
  • Add vanilla and 3 cups powdered sugar beating until fluffy. Continue adding powdered sugar to get desired consistency.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 277 | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 3651IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. These sound so tasty & easy, Holly. I’m wondering if I can substitute half cup of applesauce, and use only half cup of oil? Thank you. :-)

    1. I haven’t tried these with half applesauce. While I think it will change the texture slightly I do think it would work well in this recipe. Let us know how it goes Angelina!