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Pumpkin Bars

A wonderfully easy Fall dessert with a pumpkin spice flavor, blondie-like texture, and whipped cream-cheese frosting.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pumpkin bars, healthy pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie bars
Servings: 36 bars
Calories: 197kcal

Ingredients

For the Bars

For the Frosting

  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To Make Bars:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly butter a 9x13 or 15x10 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg; whisk until well combined.
  • Using a spoon, stir in the eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Pour batter into previously prepared baking dish; spread evenly.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and transfer pan to a wire rack; cool in pan for 2 hours.
  • Spread prepared cream cheese frosting on top. Recipe to follow.
  • Cut into bars and serve.
  • Cover leftovers and keep refrigerated for 5 days.

To Make Frosting:

  • While the pumpkin bars cool, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; using an electric mixer set on medium, beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add powdered sugar, little by little, and beat until incorporated. Start with 4 cups, and if consistency is too thin, add more sugar until you’ve reached desired consistency and sweetness.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1955IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg