Easy Pumpkin Bars


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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!

A pumpkin bar topped with cream cheese frosting and a sugar pumpkin with a bite taken out of it.

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.

Left image - pumpkin batter ingredients in a glass bowl. Right image - pumpkin batter mixed in a glass bowl.

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!

Left image - baked pumpkin cake. Right image - pumpkin cake frosted with a cream cheese icing.

Yummy Pumpkin Flavored Baking

Easy Pumpkin Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 slices
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This moist cake with a cream cheese frosting is a yummy crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter (unsalted) softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spice and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir just until combined.
  4. Pour into an ungreased 10x15 baking pan and bake 25-30 minutes.
  5. Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting or top each serving with whipped cream.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer 2 to 3 minutes until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla and 3 cups powdered sugar beating until fluffy. Continue adding powdered sugar to get desired consistency.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 277, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 125mg, Carbohydrates: 43g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 3651%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 43%, Iron: 1%

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

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Top photo - A pumpkin bar serving on a while plate. Topped with cream cheese frosting and a sugar pumpkin. Bottom photo - pumpkin bar batter being poured into the pan.

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