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Pumpkin Bars

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24


These moist and dense pumpkin bars are loaded with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.



  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (100g) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree


  • 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (250g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/41/2 cup chopped walnuts for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line a 9×13″ baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, sugars, and pumpkin puree.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  6. Beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Mix in the powdered sugar until smooth and spread on cooled cake. Cut into 24 squares (approximately 2×2″ each).


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin bar recipe, cream cheese frosting

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