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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 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.

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 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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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
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."

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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!"

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terhardt13@yahoo.ca 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."

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

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

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

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

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dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 236932
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

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

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Prissy123 User ID: 7500845 236829
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."

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Debbielau User ID: 7352309 236177
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

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

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Peapod0114 User ID: 7145890 235536
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!"

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laurenf1234 User ID: 8582445 235421
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."

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