Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 409 kcal
Author Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons



  • 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


  • 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


  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.