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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Becca | Fork in the Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 large bars, 48 small bars 1x


Light, fluffy, moist pumpkin bars (like cake!) topped with a rich, creamy, decadent cream cheese frosting. It’s an exquisite, heavenly dessert. They’ll disappear right before your eyes!




  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin (not pie filling!)


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 12 Tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk
  • 6 cups unsifted powdered sugar



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Add mixed dried ingredients into pumpkin mixture, beating until fully combined.
  3. Spread batter in an ungreased 17×12 inch jelly roll pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes (adjust if your pan is a different size!), until the edges begin to brown slightly and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.


  1. Combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and cream in a mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing between each addition, until all cups are added and frosting is smooth. Spread evenly on cooled pumpkin bars.


If you prefer a less sweet frosting, reduce the amount of powdered sugar that is added (and then reduce the liquid a little to compensate or it will be too runny).

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 small bar (1/48)
  • Calories: 195
  • Sugar: 22 g
  • Sodium: 119mg
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: .5g
  • Protein: 1.5g

Keywords: easy, fall, halloween, party, pumpkin, pot luck, thanksgiving

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