Raisin Pumpkin Bars Recipe
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Raisin Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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These moist bars will keep well—if your family doesn't eat them all right away! They're nice to take to a potluck supper or for a snack or dessert anytime.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 297 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, pumpkin, oil and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, combine the butter, cream cheese, milk and vanilla in a bowl; beat until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Raisin Pumpkin Bars in Country December/January 2005, p49

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"These bars turned out very moist. I used 1/2 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup applesauce and fresh cooked pumpkin instead of the can. Delicious !"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"moist and flavourful.my guests ate it all up"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"I lost this recipe and am so glad I found it again!! Theses are the best pumpkin bars I've ever had. I subsitute dried cranberries for the raisins."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"hi i tried this recipe just the other day, everyone that tasted it just loved it and wanted the recipe, after everyone left, i got myself a tall glass of milk and finshed off the rest. there were 6 left. i'm making more today."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2008

"Awesome! Easy to make. I love pumpkin desserts and substituted Cinnamon chips and white chocolate chips for the walnuts & raisins"

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