The BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

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  • The BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting – A super soft pumpkin spiced sheet cake topped with a delicious creamy topping. This pumpkin bars recipe will become your new favorite fall staple!

    I love to bake all things pumpkin as soon as fall hits. These pumpkin bars taste seriously divine, as well as my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin coffee cake, pumpkin cream cheese bread  and pumpkin dump cake.

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    Pumpkin bars

    It’s pumpkin time – one of the best times of year. One of my ALL time favorite pumpkin desserts is pumpkin bars! However, they must be super moist and fluffy with rich cream cheese frosting. Don’t get me wrong… I love everything pumpkin but these easy pumpkin bars just seem to beat them all. If you’re looking for a homemade pumpkin bar recipe from scratch – look no further!


    This pumpkin squares post was original posted in 2012, but I had to bring it back for all my new followers. I even updated a few photos for you :) These pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are everything I love about fall. I first got this pumpkin bars recipe when I got married and have made them every year since then. They are a fall staple around our house. My kids love to decorate them with candy corn and pumpkins. You can always sprinkle a little cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the easy pumpkin bars as well.

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    How to make pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

    These pumpkin bars are simple to make and taste absolutely delicious. Scroll down for the printable pumpkin bars recipe.

    1. Gather all your ingredients. Preheat the oven, butter your pan and set aside.

    pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

    2. Start mixing your ingredients together. I find that sifting the flour and spices together makes these bars extra fluffy. I also find not over-mixing the batter helps the pumpkin bars to stay nice and fluffy.

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    3. Bake pumpkin squares just until lightly browned. You do not want to burn them. Then allow pumpkin bars to cool and frost with the most delicious cream cheese frosting … and try not to sneak a bite during the process ;)

    Toppings to add to pumpkin bars

    • Candy corn
    • Candy pumpkins
    • Chopped pecans
    • Chopped walnuts
    • Chocolate chips
    • Sprinkle of cinnamon
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    The BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

    The BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting - A super soft pumpkin spiced sheet cake topped with a delicious creamy topping. This pumpkin bars recipe will become your new favorite fall staple! 

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    Servings 35
    Calories 143 kcal
    Author Jamielyn



    • 4 eggs
    • 1 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 16 ounces pumpkin puree
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    Cream cheese frosting:

    • 4 ounces  cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 cups powdered sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 15×10 inch jelly roll pan and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin just until combined. In a medium sized bowl sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, soda, and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined. Spread in greased 15×10 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick comes clean. Allow to cool.
    3. For the frosting, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Frost on pumpkin bars.

    4. Slice into pumpkin squares and enjoy!

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    Recipe Notes

    You can also use a 9×13″ pan for a thicker bar. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

    Nutrition Facts
    The BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 143 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 4g 6%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Cholesterol 29mg 10%
    Sodium 139mg 6%
    Potassium 71mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
    Sugars 16g
    Protein 1g 2%
    Vitamin A 43.4%
    Vitamin C 0.7%
    Calcium 2.3%
    Iron 3.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    easy pumpkin bars

    Come on over and grab yourself a plate of these easy pumpkin bars and glass of milk! Enjoy!

    pumpkin bars

    BEST EVER pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting -a super soft pumpkin spiced sheet cake topped with a delicious creamy topping.

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