Pumpkin Bars

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Moist and bursting with flavor, these pumpkin bars are easy to make and the recipe is pretty much fail-proof. The frosting is not too overpowering (some people do not like a strong cream cheese flavor) – adding a nice texture to an already perfect treat. Enjoy a bar with a hot cup of seasonal coffee or a chai latte with a hint of cinnamon. Oh yum!

Make sure to check out my Crock Pot Pumpkin Bread for another super simple and easy recipe. 

how to make pumpkin bars

Pumpkin Bars Recipe

What I love about this easy pumpkin dessert is that it’s good for holidays as well as a simple fall treat. When I’m craving something pumpkin, this is my go-to dish. 

The addition of the homemade cream cheese frosting really set the flavor over the top. It’s so smooth and creamy I could literally eat the entire pan in just a few days.

Don’t judge me – it’s delicious. Grab the printable recipe at the bottom of the post! 

Ingredients needed to make pumpkin bars

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 stick of butter

How to bake pumpkin bars

Beat sugar, oil, pumpkin, and eggs well in a large mixing bowl at low speed until well blended.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add to wet ingredients.

Grease and lightly flour a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides (at least 10 1/2 X 15 1/2 inches).

Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Beat powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, cream cheese, and butter on low speed until creamy and blended.

Frost when cool.

If you’re not a fan of the frosting, you can absolutely leave it off or even top it with a little bit of powdered sugar. Just a small bit of sweetness goes a long way! 

More Dessert Recipes

If you like this simple pumpkin treat, check out the rest of my desserts!

Pumpkin Bars

PUMPKIN BARS WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

You're going to love the flavor of these simple pumpkin bars!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 stick of butter

Instructions

Beat sugar, oil, pumpkin, and eggs well in a large mixing bowl at low speed until well blended.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add to wet ingredients.

Grease and lightly flour a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides (at least 10 1/2 X 15 1/2 inches).

Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Beat powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, cream cheese, and butter on low speed until creamy and blended.

Frost when cool.

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