- 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
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews forPumpkin Bars
"I am giving these 5 stars and havent even made them yet. I make something similar using three jars of baby food carrots in place of pumpkin (and 1/4 cup more oil) and they are to die for! (They are probably a brighter orange than pumpkin bars) I bake them in a sheet cake pan, which makes them more like bars. I also use the whole 8 oz of cream cheese and a whole stick of butter in the icing, sticking to the 2 cups of sugar, which means that they would be slightly less sweet. The frosting just covers them.To the person who asked about a substitute for cannola oil, you can use any kind of oil except for olive. My favorite is safflower oil, but I warn you that it is expensive. I love it in salad dressings and have used it in my carrot bars. It is very light.."
"What can I substitute for the canola oil?"
"These were delicious! I added 1 tsp vanilla to the batter and I used 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. I did not add dates or nuts. I baked it for about 18 min. Everyone loved them!"
"Made this for the first time last night. Everyone thought it was like pumpkin pie but better. Also. Frosting recipe is a keeper. Will not buy premade anymore. I did split this up into two smaller baking dishes, since I didn't have a big one available. It took 20 mins each, the batter was about an inch high, but rose into a cake. I would suggest that if the recipe is not changed it is called pumpkin cake instead of bars. Fortunately I found that I prefer the cake!"
"Long before the internet, my Mom cut this recipe out of a magazine. That's over 40 years ago. I've been using it forever. Last year, I typed the recipe from Mom's clipping and combined two lines. This morning, I pulled the recipe from my computer and it was wrong. 1 2/3 cup oil and no sugar. I looked on Taste of Home and there it was. One cup oil and 1 2/3 cups sugar. This recipe is WONDERFUL. Just the right amount of sweetness and well worth being available for more than 40 years. BTW, I add raisins to the batter and chopped walnuts sprinkled on the frosting."
"My family loves these I have to make them every Thanksgiving"
"Yummy alternative for people like me who don't like pumpkin pie.Recipe is too sweet though. I halved the sugar for the bars and added more cream cheese to the icing. Plus I did half wholewheat flour which I may do only wholewheat flour next time. Also, I may reduce the amount of oil next time or use butter as they seemed a bit weighed down by oil. Still though super yummy!"
"This bar was wonderful and the whole family loved it. I added dark raisins and just a touch of pumpkin spice."
"These were a huge hit in my house. Really good!"