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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are the quintessential fall recipe you expect to see at the Thanksgiving dessert buffet. Loaded with pumpkin flavor and a delicious homemade cream cheese frosting, these are a simple but decadent treat everyone loves.

Looking for another pumpkin recipe? Why not try Easy No-Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream. It would go great with these pumpkin bars.
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you love pumpkin as much as I do, these pumpkin bars are perfect. With a sweet pumpkin taste and topped with cream cheese frosting, they are truly scrumptious. These are perfect for making for an easy dessert during the week or to take to a holiday celebration.
A pumpkin bar with cream cheese on a white plate with a fork full of bar

How To Store Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese

If you make these pumpkin bars without the frosting, you could store it at room temperature but since this recipe does have the cream cheese frosting, you will want to make sure to keep them in the refrigerator. This will keep the frosting from spoiling too soon. Make sure to have the bars wrapped well.

Overhead picture of pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting sitting on a wooden surface

Can You Freeze Pumpkin Bars?

You can certainly freeze these pumpkin bars to help make them last longer or so you can have them on hand all the time.  You can freeze the whole pan or you can freeze them cut apart into individual bars.  Use whatever method works best for you.

Since I want to be able to pull out individual ones at a time, I like to cut them apart to freeze individually.  I don’t want to have to worry about losing the frosting in the process, so I like to freeze these bars first on a baking sheet for about 1 hour.  This lets them hard enough that I can wrap them individually and pop them into a freezer bag to grab one at a time later.

This protects the bars twice as well and it lets me take out what I need at the time. Be sure to take the plastic wrap off when you are ready to thaw the pumpkin bars.

Up close picture of a sliced pumpkin bar topped with cream cheese frosting

Ingredients you will need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make Pumpkin Bars

Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of a 9*9 inch and spray with cooking spray. Set aside while you make the batter.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, ground ginger, and cloves,
Mixing bowl filled with pumpkin bar ingredients
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add half of the flour mixture and mix well. Once it is mixed, add the remainder of the flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl and mix on high for a few more seconds.
Pouring pumpkin bar batter into a baking dish
Pour the pumpkin mixture into the pan you prepared and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. A toothpick with come out clean when inserted once the cake is done. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Baking dish filled with pumpkin bar batter on a shelf in the oven
As the bars are cooling, you can mix together the ingredients for the frosting.  Make sure the bars have cooled completely before you put spread on the cream cheese frosting. Otherwise, it will melt and just won’t look or taste as good!
Servings: 12

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
 
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are the quintessential fall recipe you expect to see at the Thanksgiving dessert buffet. Loaded with pumpkin flavor and a delicious homemade cream cheese frosting, these are a simple but decadent treat everyone loves.

Ingredients

FOR THE PUMPKIN BARS:

  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened not melted
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a 9"x 9" baking dish with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, mix the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground cloves until all ingredients are well blended.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  4. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl with the pumpkin mixture, and mix well. Add the remainder of the flour, and mix until smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix on high for a few seconds.

  5. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the baking dish and place in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  6. Remove from oven to a wire rack and cool completely.

  7. While the pumpkin bars are baking, you can begin making the frosting by placing the cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl and blending until smooth and creamy.

  8. Add in the vanilla, and blend.

  9. Add half of the powdered sugar and heavy cream, and blend. Add the remaining powdered sugar, and blend until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and blend again.

  10. Place the mixing bowl with the frosting in the refrigerator, and let chill until your pumpkin bars have baked and been allowed to cool completely.

  11. When they have cooled, spread the frosting over the top and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon. Place back into the refrigerator for about an hour before slicing to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 221mg10%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 5818IU116%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  1. Do you have a zucchini bread recipe? One without all the extra stuff added.