Classic Frosted Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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Classic pumpkin bars are a staple for fall get-togethers and always disappear at potlucks and parties.—Sandra McKenzie, Braham, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 30 pumpkin-shaped candies

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 274 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; mix well. Spread over top. Cut into 30 bars; top each bar with a pumpkin candy. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Pumpkin Bars in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p138

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5xamom User ID: 787516 209513
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I highly recommend making this in a bigger pan. I was going to do that, but didn't cause I wasn't sure. It tasted great, though!! Love the cloves!!"

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