Pumpkin Bars Recipe
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Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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What could be more appropriate for a Halloween treat than Pumpkin Bars? Actually, they're a hit with my family anytime of the year. —Brenda Keller, Andalusia, Alabama
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 in Country October/November 1993, p51

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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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

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

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

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

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