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Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the ultimate fall treat. But my family likes them so much, they ask me to make them all year long! —Brenda Keller, Andalusia, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kerrygold Salted Butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Pour into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  • For icing, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread icing over bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 260 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • April
    Oct 26, 2020

    I’m going with for stars ONLY because these turn out more of a pan bread or cake not bars. Amazing flavor in the cake and icing!

  • Holly
    Sep 24, 2020

    Moist and delicious. Best ever pumpkin bars.

  • Rosanna
    Sep 18, 2020

    I msde this minus canola oil, using 1 cup of homemade applesauce. It is moist and delicious beyond belief!

  • quoka
    May 30, 2020

    I don’t know where this recipe originated, but I double checked, it‘s EXACTLY the same one I have been making for forty years! It’s moist, it’s delicious. Some folks have commented that it’s not chewy. No, it’s not. It’s not supposed to be. It’s not exactly a cake either. It cuts into neat bars, my family loves them. I bake it in a 10x15 x 1 pan, it comes out perfectly. The only thing I add is a pinch of cloves. Delicious and reliable.

  • Terri
    May 14, 2020

    These were probably the best thing I’ve ever made, and I’m a big baker. I used about 1/3 more cinnamon, 1/3 less oil, and baked about 5 minutes longer...but ovens do vary. Delish!

  • Steve
    Dec 10, 2019

    I BAKE ALL THE TIME AND THE KIDS ARE ALWAYS ASKING ME FOR SOMETHING. I TRIED THESE AND NOW I HAVE A NEW "MOST REQUESTED" DESERT. THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL AND EASY TO MAKE DESSERT . SO MOIST.. SIMPLY DELICIOUS !!!

  • Robin
    Dec 10, 2019

    I added pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. I had a hard time getting it done all the way. I thin next time I will only add half of the oil. A cup seems like way too much.

  • Kaylyn
    Nov 8, 2019

    This recipe is fantastic!! The cake part was very moist and thick. The frosting was delicious and not too sweet! My sister loved it and she’s not even a fan of pumpkin! 10/10 recommend

  • Kelley
    Nov 2, 2019

    I made these to take to visit a sick family member and was pretty disappointed by the lack of flavor in the bars themselves. They definitely need spices other then just cinnamon and I regretted not adding ground cloves, ginger, and nutmeg but I wanted to make the recipe exactly as shown. The frosting was good but was the only flavor you could taste.

  • chocolateformyfour
    Oct 30, 2019

    Great. Moist. Everyone liked them.