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close up of a slice of pumpkin bar with cream cheese frosting.

Aunt Becky's Pumpkin Bars

This pumpkin bar recipe is a family favorite! Light and moist pumpkin bars are covered in a homemade cream cheese frosting. The perfect fall dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Inactive Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Bars
Calories 326 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Bars

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 1, 15 oz can pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 + 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 C all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 C salted butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 C confectioners sugar aka powdered sugar
  • optional: pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Grease a 10x15 cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin puree until combined
  • Slowly beat in dry ingredients until smooth (*option to mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl before doing this if desired)
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread into an even layer
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean*
  • Allow to cool completely before covering with frosting
  • To make frosting, in a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add in vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar (1/2 C at a time) and continue to beat until smooth. If a thicker texture is desired, add an additional 1/4 C confectioner's sugar and beat until combined and smooth. 
  • Spread cream cheese frosting evenly over pumpkin bars
  • Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!
  • Store leftover bars in a covered, air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days

Notes

*You can use pumpkin fresh pumpkin if preferred. You will need about 2 cups of cooked and mashed pumpkin for this pumpkin bar recipe. 
*Two other ways you can determine if your bars are ready is when the edges spring back when touched or when the edges start to pull away from the side of the pan.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 226mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 3227IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
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