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Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting, these mildly spiced pumpkin bars are doubly delightful. It's a good thing the recipe makes lots, because once you taste one, you won't be able to resist going back for more! -Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • Additional dried cranberries, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin and butter; stir into dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in cranberries.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a large heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a large bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost bars. If desired, sprinkle with finely chopped dried cranberries.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 130 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    Nov 2, 2017

    These are delicious. The cranberries add a bit of tartness. The combination of pumpkin and cranberry is perfection. I really liked the brown butter frosting. I normally use cream cheese frosting on pumpkin bars and this was a delicious treat.

  • 2124arizona
    May 9, 2017

    We loved these moist flavorful bars!

  • GrandMawMaw
    Oct 28, 2014

    I tried this recipe for a Church social. They received great reviews. One gentlemen said he had to keep going back for one more!

  • marvalrus
    Oct 24, 2013

    Love this. It's a great recipe. Has an excellent flavor. The Brown butter frosting is very good, too. I didn't let the cake cool completely because I wanted the frosting to 'melt' on rather than spreading it, although I did have to spread it a little. It looked very smooth and glazed over. Be sure to sift the confectionery sugar. This is probably a good recipe for banana bars w/butter frosting (minus the spices). Definitely a keeper!

  • rlcrock
    Sep 27, 2012

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  • tracy24
    Jan 16, 2011

    Yummy! and easy

  • xicota
    Nov 2, 2010

    Delicious! The brown butter frosting is perfect for this. I've made this recipe several times, and everyone who tries them loves them. Thanks!

  • strawberryjayne
    Oct 25, 2009

    I made a cream cheese frosting for top. Definately a keeper.

  • strawberryjayne
    Oct 25, 2009

    These turned out wonderful!