Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are moist, yet light and fluffy. Pair this with the delectable creamy frosting with just a hint of tang and you have our favorite fall favorite dessert at our house.

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

This pumpkin dessert is a delicious cross between a quick bread and a fluffy, moist cake that is topped with a creamy and flavorful cream cheese frosting.

Family Recipe for Pumpkin Bars Through the Ages

I have been lucky enough to enjoy the result of this recipe for decades. This is a family recipe that has been passed down through the ages. Whenever you have that type of recipe, you just know it has to be a good one.

It is a must try!

Serving Pumpkin Bars Topped with Frosting
Serving Pumpkin Bars Topped with Frosting

Fall is a Lovely Time of Year!

Fall = Pumpkins, hot cider, campfires, cool evenings, and beautiful trees changing color.

We are lucky enough to live on a farm with many large Maple Trees. They are just gorgeous in the fall. Our neighbors have a pumpkin patch and a corn maze every fall.

Fall Pumpkin Patch Fun
Fall Pumpkin Patch Fun

One of the things we do every fall is make this scrumptious dessert quite a few times. Even my husband who claims he is not a fan of pumpkin eats these bars.

Just the right amount of light and fluffy moist cake, cinnamon spice, and creamy frosting.

Amazing 5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting
Amazing 5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Every time we make pumpkin bars or carrot cake, this is our frosting of choice.

Once the ingredients are room temperature, it really just takes a few minutes to pull together a delicious tasting and amazing looking frosting.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Tips

Use a mixer to mix the eggs, sugar and oil until the sugars are dissolved. Then fold in the pumpkin.

Combine the dry ingredients before adding to the wet mixture. I like to mix by hand at this point or even better, sift the dry ingredients together. It only takes a few minutes to get everything combined.

Use a half sheet pan (18 X 13). There is quite a bit of batter and you could use a cake pan, but the bars would be thicker, and it will take longer to cook. I like using the half sheet pan because these pumpkin bars cook up quickly and you do not have to worry about the center not being cooked all the way through. Lastly, for me, it is just the right amount of fluffy, moist take to cream cheese frosting ratio.

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Serving the First Pumpkin Bar with Cream Cheese Frosting. Scrumptious!

Serving the First Pumpkin Bar from the Pan
Serving the First Pumpkin Bar from the Pan

Prepare the sheet pan with either a spray oil or a piece of parchment paper cut to fit. If you use the parchment paper, the bars can be lifted out of the pan and cut. It is a bit easier to serve this way, but I find cutting the bars right in the pan to be easy too.

Do not overbake these bars as they will dry out a bit. As soon as the batter springs back when touched in the middle of the pan, they are done. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.

You can substitute half of the oil for applesauce. I find it is barely noticeable and I feel it is a bit healthier for you.

Prepare the cream cheese frosting while the pumpkin bars are cooling. All you need is cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla, and a smidge of whole milk.

Make sure that the bars are cooled completely before frosting.

Half Sheet Pan of Cake Bars Frosted

Store These Pumpkin Bars for 2-3 Days

The first day, you can keep them on the counter for everyone to enjoy!  After that, I like to keep these refrigerated in airtight containers. This keeps the pumpkin cake moist, so they last for 2-3 days and taste just as scrumptious as they did on the first day you made them.

Make the Pumpkin Cake Bars Ahead of Time

The pumpkin cake part of the bars can be made ahead and frozen. The day you would like to devour them, just take them out of the freezer, let thaw and frost!

This is a great option if you are feeding a crowd. My daughter’s birthday is in October. Just imagine how nice it is to pull these out of the freezer, thaw, and frost. That way, I had time to create fun games for her and our guests.

Just a perfect fall dessert – delicious pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

Serving the Pumpkin Dessert with a Light Dusting of Cinnamon
Serving the Pumpkin Dessert with a Light Dusting of Cinnamon

Add a light dusting of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice if you want to be a bit fancy for your dessert presentation.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are moist, yet light and fluffy. Pair this with the delectable creamy frosting with just a hint of tang and you have our favorite fall favorite dessert at our house.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bars, Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, Dessert, frosted, pumpkin
Servings: 24 Servings
Calories: 188kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 2/3 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 15 Ounces Solid-Pack Pumpkin 1 Can
  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a mixing bowl, use a mixer to mix the eggs, sugar and oil until the sugars are dissolved. Then fold in the pumpkin.
  • Combine the dry ingredients before adding to the wet mixture. I like to mix by hand at this point. It only takes a few minutes to get everything combined.
  • Use a half sheet pan.
    Prepare the sheet pan witheither a spray oil or a piece of parchment paper cut to fit. If you use theparchment paper, the bars can be lifted out of the pan and cut. It is a biteasier to serve this way, but I find cutting the bars right in the pan to beeasy too.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. When you lightly touch the center of the cake bars it will spring back into place. They are done. Make sure not to overbake.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. The Frosting Recipe is a separate recipe that is just below this recipe.
    Half Sheet Pan of Cake Bars Frosted
  • Cut into serving pieces and enjoy!
    Serving Pumpkin Bars Topped with Frosting

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Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2803IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Amazing 5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting
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Amazing 5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting

For decades, our family has been making this amazing 5-minute cream cheese frosting. It is our go-to easy frosting recipe. Every time we make pumpkin bars or carrot cake, this is our frosting of choice.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dessert, easy frosting, easy recipe, frosting
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 142kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Softened (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  • In mixing bowl, use a mixer to mix together softened butter and cream cheese. 2-3 minutes. Make sure to scrape the bowl occasionally.
  • Add the vanilla, then add half of the powdered sugar, mix. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix again, until smooth and creamy. 2-3 minutes.
    5-Minute Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Frost your cooled dessert. Enjoy
    Frosting a Round Cake

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Notes

This frosting is enough to spread on 24 cup cakes, frost an 8 or 9-inch layered cake, or frost a half sheet pan of bars. 
See the recipe notes for adjusting the frosting for a thicker or thinner texture. Also, if using this in hot weather, there is a trick to help this frosting keep its shape.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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