Fluffy Raisin Pumpkin Bars Recipe
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Fluffy Raisin Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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Chocolate-covered raisins are a fun surprise inside these moist pumpkin bars. The traditional cream cheese frosting never fails to please.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate-covered raisins for baking
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • Decorator sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 162 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices; gradually add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in walnuts and chocolate-covered raisins.
  2. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Add milk and orange extract; beat until smooth. Frost bars. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Raisin Pumpkin Bars in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p141

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"My husband and brother ate the pumpkin bars before I pit the frosting on them! I liked them very much too! Definitely would make them again. I could not find the Chocolate covered raisin for baking,so I used regular chocolate covered raisins...."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"I have not made this recipe as of yet, but wanted to know if there is a difference from chocolate covered raisins to chocolate covered raisins for baking as stated in the recipe."

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