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3 pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe for pumpkin-spiced, cake-like bars with a silky cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Fall treats and good for shipping in care packages.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin bars, pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting, pumpkin cheesecake bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 323kcal
Author dorothy stainbrook


  • 10 x 15 baking pan (or 9 x 13)
  • Bowls, spatula and knife


For the Cake Part of Bars

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oil vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 15 oz can 100% pumpkin (Libbys is one good brand)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

For Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons butter at oom temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or spray with cooking oil spray) a 10 x 15-inch baking pan. If you use a more common 9 x 13-inch pan, you will have to cook it longer or the middle will not get done. Alternatively you could only pour in 3/4 of the batter into the 9 x 13 and use a muffin tin or small baking pan for the rest.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat together the sugar, the oil and the pumpkin until creamy (about 1 min). Beat in eggs until well combined - about 2 minutes.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all of the spices. Add these dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until evenly golden and a toothpick or knife inserted into the middle of the pan comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool completely (about 1 1/2 hour) before frosting.
  • Using a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, a little at a time, until mixture is smooth. Be sure and add powdered sugar slowly or it will fly out and make a big mess. Spread frosting over completely cooled bars.
  • Chill before cutting into bars. Makes 2-3 dozen bars (depending on how large you cut them).


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 2980IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg