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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

Description

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!


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Ingredients

PUMPKIN BARS:

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

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

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

Instructions

PUMPKIN BARS:

  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.

CREAM CHEESE 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.

Notes

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

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

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