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pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting in a clear baking dish
Nothing screams fall like pumpkin and these delicious pumpkin bars are the perfect kick off into the season of pumpkin everything.
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Inspired by pumpkin pie, but much easier to make, these moist and decadent pumpkin bars are the perfect dessert for fall. The recipe comes together fast and includes a delicious cream cheese frosting that’s made in just two steps.

If you enjoy this recipe, you have to try our Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes! These are two more of our favorite pumpkin recipes for fall.

pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

MORE PUMPKIN RECIPES:
Pumpkin Magic Cake | Pumpkin Dump Cake


INGREDIENTS FOR PUMPKIN BARS

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You will need:

Pumpkin Bars

  •  3 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 12-oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tbsp (¾ stick) of butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Nuts: If you’d like to add a bit of crunch to your pumpkin bars, you can garnish them with nuts, by sprinkling them over top of the cream cheese frosting. I love to add pecans to mine!

Cinnamon: I like to add a very light dusting of cinnamon to the top of my frosted pumpkin bars. It adds a nice appeal visually, and enhances the cinnamon flavor overall.

HOW TO MAKE THIS PUMPKIN BAR RECIPE

STEP ONE: Remove your cream cheese and butter from the refrigerator and set it out so it can soften. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then lightly grease a 9×13 inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray and set it aside.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin and vanilla until well-combined.

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STEP THREE: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.

STEP FOUR: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth, but don’t over-mix the batter or it will be tough when baking.

pumpkin bars steps of ingredients being mixed together in a clear mixing bowl

STEP FIVE: Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake them for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top of the bars is set and springs back lightly to the touch.

STEP SIX: Let the bars cool completely in the pan.

STEP SEVEN: In a medium mixing bowl, add cream cheese and butter. Use a hand mixer to beat together until smooth and no lumps remain.

pumpkin bars steps of ingredients being mixed together in a clear mixing bowl

STEP EIGHT: Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Start the hand mixer on low and beat together until just combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue mixing until soft, fluffy, and no lumps remain.

STEP NINE: Once the bars are completely cooled, spread the frosting on the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1-2 days.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store your pumpkin bars in the fridge to help preserve them longer, and to keep the frosting from melting. They will keep for about a week if stored in the refrigerator. They could also be stored on the kitchen counter at room temperature, they will last about 3 to 4 days this way. These bars will stay nice and moist, thanks to the pumpkin puree.

IN THE FREEZER: To keep longer, you can freeze these pumpkin bars with the cream cheese frosting already on it. Cut the bars, then place them in an airtight container in the freezer. This makes it easy to take out and thaw as many bars you like, later!

pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting in a clear baking pan

Nothing screams fall like pumpkin and these delicious pumpkin bars are the perfect kick off into the season of pumpkin everything. With just six steps to make the bars themselves and two steps to make the homemade cream cheese frosting, these bars are simple. This is a dessert that you’ll be coming back to again and again.

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pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting in a clear baking dish

Pumpkin Bars

5 from 1 vote
Nothing screams fall like pumpkin and these delicious pumpkin bars are the perfect kick off into the season of pumpkin everything.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Bars

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Cream Cheese

  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 stick butter softened
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Remove your cream cheese and butter from the refrigerator and set out so it has time to soften. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin and vanilla until well-combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth. Don't over-mix the batter or it will be tough when baking.
  • Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top of the bars is set and springs back lightly to the touch.
  • Let the bars cool completely in the pan.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add cream cheese and butter. Use a hand mixer to beat together until smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Start the hand mixer on low and beat together until just combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue mixing until soft, fluffy, and no lumps remain.
  • Once the bars are completely cooled, spread the frosting on the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1-2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 5955IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
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