Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are such a classic, easy recipe! From scratch, moist pumpkin bars are the perfect fall treat and simple enough that anyone can make them.
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I have a bit of a confession. I am not a huge pumpkin fan.
I feel like I might be stoned for saying that, given the pumpkin-spice-everything mentality that hits this time of year.
I can handle it though – I don’t like coffee or wine either.
They are moist and dense – the kind of bar you need to eat with a fork, not handheld – and the cream cheese frosting gives great tangy balance. It is a classic recipe with a cake-like texture that has a sweet but subtle pumpkin flavor that I think anyone will love.
This is my first time enjoying pumpkin without a chocolate component and I think you’ll love them, too!
For the bars, you just need a handful of pantry staples. They are:
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Vegetable Oil
- Canned Pumpkin
For the cream cheese frosting, you’ll need: powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, milk, and vanilla extract. EASY. You’re going to want to keep this recipe for all sorts of things.
TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU
Mixing Bowls – I love the grippy bottoms so the bowls don’t slide all over.
Hand Mixer – I use my hand mixer way more than my stand mixer, even though I love both.
Jelly Roll Pan – I have a Pampered Chef jelly roll pan that I love but this one works just as well.
Serving Knife – To slice these bars.
Offset Spatula – This makes it easy to frost these bars.
HOW TO MAKE THE PUMPKIN BARS
Did I mention these are easy? They are super easy. Ready? Let’s do this.
STEP ONE: Add all the “bar” ingredients to a bowl – that’s the flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves, oil, pumpkin, and eggs – and mix with a hand mixer for two minutes until well combined. Pour into a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350.
STEP TWO: While the bars are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting by mixing the room temperature powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl on medium speed until smooth.
STEP THREE: Once the bars are completely cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top, slice into bars, and serve!
HOW TO STORE THEM
Store these bars covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. They taste just as good cold as they do warm.
HOW MANY DOES IT SERVE
Depending on how large or small you slice these bars, you’ll get a varying amount. I got 48 hours out of my batch, which are small, but the perfect serving size.
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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
For the Bars
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup butter softened
- 6 oz cream cheese softened
- 2 Tb milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
To Make the Pumpkin Bars
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Add all "bar" ingredients to a large bowl. With a hand mixer (or a stand mixer), mix on low speed until moist and then medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- While bars are cooling, make the frosting.
To Make the Cream Cheese Frosting
- To a medium mixing bowl, add all "frosting" ingredients and beat on medium until smooth.
- Once bars are completely cooled, spread frosting evenly over the top.
- Slice into 48 bars & enjoy!