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Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 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

Directions

  • 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 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 260 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 226 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Pumpkin Bars

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MY REVIEW
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
thumb... EVERY OVEN IS DIFFERENT....AND TOOTH PICKS NEVER LIE.
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Great, easy recipe to make! These tasted excellent and were not dry at all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"Very disappointed , they are dry & I only baked them 28 minutes & they do not have a lot of pumpkin flavor, need something added to them, maybe nuts & more pumpkin flavor & more spices, will not make them again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"I would like to know if these will freeze well. Thanks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"These are absolutley delicious and a really easy recipe to follow. My mom used to make pumkin bars every fall and I always looked forward to it as a kid. My mom has sinced passed away and i couldn't find the recipe for them. I stumbled upon this one and it tastes exactly like the kind she used to make. I will definetely use this recipe over and over!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"These pumpkin bars are so good! When I made them though I used 2 cups of fresh sugar pie pumpkin from my garden instead of canned pumpkin. I think it tastes so much better with fresh pumpkin and it is also organic and environmentally friendly."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"I got this recipe from a Taste of Home site over 10 years ago. It is a family favorite and often requested. So easy to put together, only change I have made is a little more spice. I add some nutmeg and a pinch of clove. Great anytime of year."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"I have made these bars since the recipe was published in the Country Magazine back in 1993. I am always asked to make the recipe for gatherings and to make MORE!!! They are moist and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"My family loved these pumpkin bars!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"This recipe was so easy to make. The family thought it was great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"I made this cake last night as my son has been requesting a pumpkin based dessert. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, so decided to try this instead. This turned out fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly. What I like about this cake is that it's not overly sweet. The frosting was easy to make. I didn't have a whole 8oz pack of cream cheese, only about half left over. I made the frosting with that. It turned out great. The frosting was a thin layer due to my shortage of cream cheese, but it was just fine.

I am not a baker, but this was a very easy recipe to follow. I might add pumpkin seeds or sun flower seeds with raisins to it next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"Amazing!!! Very moist. I used Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting, but sadly they have discontinued it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"I have made these for years. They are so simple and always moist and delicious! I Follow the recipe exactly and they always get rave reviews and want the recipe! If your in a hurry a can of cream cheese frosting works well also!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"We made these with our own home grown pumpkin - in March. In place of the cup of oil we used 1/3 cup canola oil and 2/3 cup applesauce. Came out great. Probably could have used the whole 8 ounces of cream cheese - a little more frosting would be good. But a very nice recipe overall. Cream cheese frosting is always a hit!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"These are fabulous ! We love pumpkin, and these were easy and moist!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"Love these bars..made for church for a fund raiser and they sold right away!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"I made these exactly as the recipe reads and they were fabulous. My husband and four kids couldn't get enough. Everyone complains about the oil but I have another recipe that takes 3/4 cup of butter so I am not sure why it is a big deal. These taste great and keep well if you happen to have leftovers. My mom has made pumpkin roll for years and honestly I have gotten tired of it so this year I am making these."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Delicious! Most of the time I don't add the frosting which allows me to eat more without the added calories. Also add extra cinnamon and will try the suggestion of using Splenda."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"Absolutely fabulous!!! Moist and delicious, these were amazing!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014 Edited Oct. 9, 2015

"These are wonderful. They are light, airy, moist, and very flavorful. I add about 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice. I also cheat by using canned "whipped" white frosting on them (I don't like cream cheese frosting). My 6 year old son loves them. He said, "Can I just stick my whole face into the pan?" LOL :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"Anyone who says this is dry or greasy, I'm sorry but you must not have followed the recipe. I have made this several times and it is a huge hit. Delicious and moist. My only change is that I use the whole 8oz. brick of cream cheese in the frosting. Love this, will make this every year."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"These are really good. I added a shake of cloves in it too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"My grandson says. "tasty, yummy, and very delicious!""

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"Not impressed. Not very moist or flavorful."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I have used this recipe for years and never make pumpkin pie any more. Everyone likes this much better. I use a large can of pumpkin and twice the cinnamon. It makes the bars more moist. They are even better the day after they are made as the flavor is even richer."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"Very easy to put together. I greased the cookie sheet and put parchment paper on top of it inside the cookie sheet. It was a little tricky taking it out of the pan but I would do it the same way next time. I had some leftover coconut pecan frosting which I used in place of the cream cheese frosting. Delicious!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"We added 1 tsp of pumpkin spice. The cake came out very greasy so we wonder about putting 1 full cup into the recipe. We used canned frosting and it definitely improved the flavor. Overall the cake was good but we wouldn't make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"I have been making this exact recipe for years. It is excellent. It irritates me someone would give it a 2 star rating based on buying a cake mix and adding a can of pumpkin to it. Rate the recipe, NOT your version.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"If you ever need a large amount of bars for a large group this is it. It not only taste good you get a lot of bars."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"This recipe was terrific. Very easy to put together. My husband, daughter & mom are diabetic. I substituted Splenda for the sugar in both the cake and icing and it was delicious. My non-diabetics loved it too. My son-in-law asked me 3 times if I was sure that his wife could eat it. This is definitely going into the family cookbook!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"I mix 1 spice cake mix with 1 large can pumpkin and 1 egg, get the same results! so quick and easy!! Pour into a buttered 9x13 pan!! Follow baking directions for the cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"This recipe was absolutely fabulous!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"I used pumpkin pie spice instead of just cinnamon. I'll put in 3 teaspoons next time. Overall easy and tasty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"I used coconut oil instead of canola oil. Super good. Everyone loved them"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"These are simple to make and tasty. A family favorite."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Very good. For those of you that want to substitute apple sauce for some of the oil, remember to use only unsweetened applesauce as sweetened applesauce will add more sugar and make the bars too moist."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"The ingredients are exactly the same as the Pumpkin Rolls I make every year except this seems like a lot less trouble. No jelly roll pan, no rolling into powdered sugared towel, no chance it's going to crack as you roll it up, etc., etc. Definitely gonna give it a try."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"This recipe looks exactly like the one on foodnetwork.com for Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-bars-recipe.html"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"These were super easy to make however and I followed the recipe exactly using the pan size recommended. Mine were ready to come out of the oven at 21 minutes at 350. I am glad I checked the time - my sister makes this recipe often and it is now one of my favorites also! Thank you!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I substituted applesauce for the oil and it turned out way too moist. The toothpick came out clean but the bars actually had a gummy texture. I should try the recipe again as the original recipe reads but honestly I don't like any recipe with that much oil. I also tried chocolate chips sprinkled on top of half of the bars (a jelly roll pan makes a lot of bars so I wanted to try them different way). It was a bad idea. The bars did not have that choc chip pumpkin muffin sense at all. I do agree with many others that the recipe was super easy to put together. At least I have something good to add."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Easy and super delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"I agree with everyone else; this is very moist and delicious! Will definitely be keeping this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"Light and we'll balanced ingredients. I always double the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"I loved this recipe. It was easy, had everything on hand and turned out great. Will be making them again, for sure!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"Excellent! The best pumpkin bars I have ever made. I added about one tablespoon of grated orange rind in the frosting which we liked very much."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"So good! Could not stop eating them, so bad. Good thing I gave some away. Used the pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon. They were very tasty and moist. I will make again and try the orange icing. Thank you for the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"Made these and they were a hit, have shared recipe with 3 others already. Will make again very soon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"My family and friends all loved this recipe! I am going to make cupcakes for my kindergarten class at thanksgiving!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013 Edited Nov. 7, 2015

"Absolutely delicious!!!!! And so easy to make! Will definitely be making again. Great recipe! :-D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"wonderful flavor and texture ! substitute a teaspoon of maple syrup or the vanilla for a subtle bling !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Can the 1 Cup oil be substituted with applesauce? I've heard of the substitution in other recipes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Can the 1Cup of oil be substituted with applesauce? It seems like a lot of oil."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"I have made these bars for over 30 years, and my family and friends love them. For the last 20 or so years, I have been putting orange frosting (1/4 c. melted butter, 2 c. powdered sugar, 2 t. grated orange peel, and enough juice from one orange for spreading consistency). Both are delicious, but we like the orange frosting even better than the cream cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I have been making these bars for about 30 years, and my family and friends LOVE them. The only difference in my recipe is that I add 1/2 c. chopped walnuts to the batter, and instead of the cream cheese frosting. I make orange frosting (3 T. melted butter, 2 c. powdered sugar, 2 t. grated orange peel, and enough juice from one orange for spreading consistency) . Both are good; my family just prefers the fresh orange flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I have made this recipe several times. My husband likes it very much as do my children and grandchildren. The icing recipe that I use calls for 8oz cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, 2 cups of confectioners sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla. I have considered using pumpkin pie spice, but so far have stuck with the cinnamon. Very moist and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Sooooooo delicious and soooo easy! However, I used a full 8 oz. block of cream cheese and a whole stick of butter then adjusted sugar to desired consistency with no need for any milk, just vanilla! Wonderful recipe!!! Definitely a keeper!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"and again, and again, and again, etc. etc. It's fabulous!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"We love anything made with pumpkin at my house. I made these bars, added a tablespoon of molasses and a teaspoon of vanilla. So good. The kids will have a great treat after school today!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"Taste great, but turned out to be a cake. The only thing I can think thata I did wrong was used too small of a pan."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"Sub half applesauce for half the oil...sprinkle chopped walnuts on top of frosting...add pumpkin pie spice...2 teaspoons....excellent recipe....a keeper for sure"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"I made these last night, for the 1st time and my kids wouldn't go to bed without trying them. I took them to the school for a teacher's luncheon and they were gone! I received so many compliments and requests for the recipe. Now my kids want me to make more! This will become one of our regular recipes, it is fabulous!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"the only difference in your and my recipe is I like to ad a 1/2 tsp on cloves and 1/2 tsp nutmeg for a real holiday flavor, and i throw in a cup of raisins too"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"Delicious! Used a whole bar of cream cheese as others suggested, perfect that way! Everyone raved over how moist it was....lots of recipe requests! Will definitely be making again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I am so happy that I picked this pumpkin recipe to try with my fiance. Very easy to make and I even took other's advice and added nutmeg and allspice. We even had to stop ourselves from eating all of the cream cheese frosting right out of the bowl. This pumpkin treat is the perfect compliment to any Fall Sunday."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"This recipe is really delicious but also a favorite because it uses one whole can of canned pumpkin!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"These are my family's favorite pumpkin bars! They are very easy to make, plus they use an entire can of pumpkin. (I like that because I end up wasting pumpkin when the recipe only calls for part of a can.) The icing is easy to make and not overly sweet. Definitely a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"Very moist and freezes well. Easy to make. My whole family loves pumpkin, this one will be made frequently."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"These are awesome bars! They were also very easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"This was phenomenal!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I made these today and were a hit at work. I added ground nutmeg and used the full 8oz of cream cheese and omitted the water. De-lish!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"These were especially good. I added 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon and increased the cream cheese to 8 oz. for the frosting. Very easy to make to make. Next time I may sprinkle chopped pecans on the frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"These bars are not only easy but my husband gave me the best review ever," They taste like a fancy dessert from a restaurant". I'll be making these for Thanksgiving, for sure!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Made these for a Halloween party. Added 2 teaspoons of all spice and 2 teaspoons of nutmeg because I thought it could use more flavor when I tasted the batter. Also did as another poster suggested and used 8 oz. of cream cheese and that was perfect for the icing. Icing was thin so next time I make it, I will leave out the milk completely. Very good "base"recipe though :-)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"turned out very moist and the icing was perfect not too much but enough to be able to taste the sweet cream cheese taste. DELISH! I will definitely be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"My family said, "The best pumpkin bars ever!" I used a light olive oil instead of vegetable oil and doubled the cream cheese (8 oz) for the frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"my hole family love this recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I love how easy and delicious the frosting is to make. No store bought!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"My whole family loves them!! Very easy to make and very delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Absolutely delicious and a complete hit when I made them to take to a party! I had to double the icing though.

I'd like to find a substitute for the vegetable oil, as one cup seems like an awful lot."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"This is the best pumpkin bar recipe I've used! I like this recipe because it uses an entire can of pumpkin. A lot of recipes use part of a can and I end up trashing the rest. Also the frosting is super easy to make and overly sweet. It's a perfect compliment to the pumpkin!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"I have made these a few times now and they are very good. The cream cheese frosting is perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I have been making these bars for years...today, when I wanted a pumpkin recipe, this is the first one I thought of. My whole family loves them...and so does everyone else."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"Very good! Very easy! Will definitely make it again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"My family REALLY enjoyed this dessert. The cake was so moist and the frosting was delicious! The ONLY change I made was in the cake I deleted the cinnamon and just added 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. It was ot of this world. GRACIAS for sharing the recipe this will be on the dessert table for THANKSGIVING DAY!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"Served these at a fall party & they were a big hit!

~ Theresa"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"Excellent recipe. I added pumpkin spice and cloves. They were delicious. Will definately make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I brought them to work and everyone loved them. They are easy to make, they come out very moist. They have a mild spice flavor I think next time I will add a little more spice or some pumpkin pie spice as suggested by previous reviewer. Other wise they are great

Thanks for the recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"Like others had said, I added about a tsp of pumpkin spice to the cake recipe. It turned out very moist and the cream cheese icing was delicious. Not overwhelming and strong like some cream cheese icings can be."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I made a big mistake when I made these, but they turned out all right. I left out the sugar--yikes! But the day was saved when I made the icing! Very good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"well here i am again,making some more pumpkin bars. this time i made 2 batches, i will need them. they are so good, i also added more spice,we all think they are the best bars we ever had. merry christmas"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"i have made these bars two times already, im making another batch tomorrow.every one loved them.the next batch are mine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"I brought them to work and everyone loved them. They are easy to make, they come out very moist. They have a mild spice flavor I think next time I will add a little more spice or some pumpkin pie spice as suggested by previous reviewer. Other wise they are great"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"These were so moist and delicious! To give them a little more "bite", add a little pumpkin pie spice to the recipe. These won't stay in the pan long!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"I made these last night and took to work today. Everyone went crazy about them. They said they were the best and some wanted the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"Yummy! My whole family loved them and requested I make more & soon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"For Halloween, tint icing light green and put in decorator bag. Pipe onto bars in a wiggly line to make 'snake' bars. Use black food gel to dot eyes."

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