Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars Recipe
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Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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Sweet tooths will polish off these wonderful bars. They have a delicious orange frosting and can be decorated with candy pumpkins.—Barb Schlafer, Appleton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • Candy pumpkins

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 174 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the shortening, confectioners' sugar, orange juice and orange peel until blended. Frost bars; cut into squares. Top with candy pumpkins. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Peter Peter Pumpkin Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p60

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"I had prepared this recipe when these bars were featured in Taste of Home. My adjustments are as follows: I'd used 1/2 tsp. salt and 3/4 cup of solid pack canned pumpkin.

I'd used a 12x8" greased and floured baking pan and baked 30 to 35 minutes. Use a cake tester to determine that bars are done. This is a really nice pumpkin bar for especially fall
season recipes! However, I've used pumpkin recipes whenever I have pumpkin available!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! delowenstein"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"I have made these for years and always get great feeback. They are easy to make and taste fantastic! Love the pumpkin candy toppers. I purposely pick up a couple bags every fall when I see them, so I can make this fun dessert. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"I always sign up for bringing treats twice in October to our church's after service fellowship. And, I alternate making these pumpkin bars and the Cranberry Bog bars, also from TOH. Definitely a big hit."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"This is one of those recipes that needs more then 5 stars!! Everybody love it!!!! I did make one change, I made a cream cheese frosting instead of the orange frosting. It was a big hit, will be making this again, probably tonight!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"I love these bars, they are like mini versions of carrot cake, only with pumpkin instead. The fall flavor of the spices is incredible."

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