Pumpkin Bars Recipe
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Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the ultimate fall treat. But my family likes them so much, they ask me to make them all year long! —Brenda Keller, Andalusia, Alabama
Featured In: 25 Best Fall Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 260 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Pour into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  2. For icing, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting in Country October/November 1993, p51

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Sharonville User ID: 8427748 258565
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"Followed recipe as written. Not enough pumpkin flavor. More like cake than bars. Probably won't make again."

dee727 User ID: 7579261 257660
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"I have a recipe that's very similar to this one AND I always use applesauce in place of oil in ALL my recipes! Also, I use a cookie sheet instead of a cake pan and 325 oven for almost 1 hour. It's always awesome!"

stonerabbit User ID: 7100066 257152
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"Very good Recipe! Everyone loves these bars. I tweaked it by adding Pumpkin pie Spice instead of cinnamon, and have used 8 Oz Cream Cheese in frosting.....yum!"

Carissa User ID: 8967395 256734
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"Excellent!! I am going to add some walnuts or pecans next time making these scrumptious bars! Thanks for recipe!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 255613
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

"These were a huge hurt in my house. Really good!"

ryan0705 User ID: 3574117 247541
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2016

"Good basic cake. But I don't care for oily foods. So I added another 3/4

cup of pumpkin and only a 1/4 cup of butter.. as we all know
everything is better with butter! I also added a tsp of vanilla, 1/4 tsp
nutmeg, dash of ground cloves. If you use a 15x10 pan it's a bar and
might want to check prior to the bake time stated. 9x13 pan is a cake
& will take longer to bake since it's thicker. Remember you should
only take bake times stated as a estimate of time needed. Rule of
Always check it a little earlier then time called for- say 5 to 8 minutes.
And lastly think about what ratio is called for in a recipe before you
start mixing it. You can catch misprints etc. before it's in the oven
and to late to fix if you think about what you're mixing."

bjshuler User ID: 1942439 246666
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"These pumpkin bars are a constantly requested dessert for work, home & bake sales. Moist, flavorful, I do use my own recipe for the frosting, but the bars are delicious!"

[email protected] User ID: 3627032 240925
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Best-tasting "bars" ever! They're only bars, cuz they turn out that way if you cut them right, but the taste is wonderful! I used regular Betty Crocker cream cheese icing. Didn't have time to make my own, and they were a huge hit at Thanksgiving! Now I make it every year for a 2nd dessert at Christmas time."

sdg3 User ID: 557278 237406
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"disappointed :( (these are) NOT bars, this is a recipe for cake!"

songinheart User ID: 4466607 237164
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"Very moist & delicious. More like a cake than a bar."

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