Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars Recipe
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Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars Recipe

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With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting, these mildly spiced pumpkin bars are doubly delightful. It's a good thing the recipe makes lots, because once you taste one, you won't be able to resist going back for more! -Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 130 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin and butter; stir into dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in cranberries.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a large bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost bars. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p27

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265789
Reviewed May. 9, 2017

"We loved these moist flavorful bars!"

GrandMawMaw User ID: 7998381 81512
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"I tried this recipe for a Church social. They received great reviews. One gentlemen said he had to keep going back for one more!"

marvalrus User ID: 5659639 59442
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Love this. It's a great recipe. Has an excellent flavor. The Brown butter frosting is very good, too. I didn't let the cake cool completely because I wanted the frosting to 'melt' on rather than spreading it, although I did have to spread it a little. It looked very smooth and glazed over. Be sure to sift the confectionery sugar. This is probably a good recipe for banana bars w/butter frosting (minus the spices). Definitely a keeper!"

tracy24 User ID: 1017896 115519
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011


tracy24 User ID: 1017896 88385
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"Yummy! and easy"

xicota User ID: 944314 36285
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Delicious! The brown butter frosting is perfect for this. I've made this recipe several times, and everyone who tries them loves them. Thanks!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2981755 44081
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"I made a cream cheese frosting for top. Definately a keeper."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2981755 59441
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"These turned out wonderful!"

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