I’m continuing to bake and create fall recipes. It seems like there is always something in the oven these days. Pumpkin Bars with cream cheese frosting are such a favorite of ours and they are so easy to make. They make a great treat for any fall gathering or a fun after-school snack or a delicious family dessert. We actually have a batch in the oven for brunch as I write this and they smell so good. I feel good feeding them to my family because pumpkin is full of nutrients! These cream cheese pumpkin bars are so good you are going to want them ALL the time!
Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on October 4, 2015. I have added a recipe card and republished it here to make it easy for new readers to enjoy. These are great for dessert, breakfast or a snack. They aren’t overly sweet so they are a really versatile fall treat!
Easy Pumpkin Bars Recipe Bars
Pumpkin bars are the epitome of fall indulgence, capturing the essence of the season in every irresistible bite. From the moment you take your first taste, you’ll be transported to a cozy autumn day, surrounded by the comforting aromas of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves). These bars offer the perfect balance of sweetness and warmth, making them an ideal dessert for any fall occasion. The natural sweetness of the pumpkin, combined with the warm spices, evokes a sense of nostalgia and coziness that is hard to resist.
Another reason why pumpkin bars are the ultimate fall dessert is their ease of preparation. With a few simple ingredients and a straightforward recipe, you can create a batch of these delectable treats in no time. Even if you consider yourself a novice baker, pumpkin bars are forgiving and easy to make. I hope you enjoy this foolproof recipe that guarantees a batch of bars that will have everyone craving for seconds. This article will guide you through the process step by step. From selecting the right ingredients to mastering the baking process, this article covers it all. So go ahead, indulge in the ultimate fall dessert with these mouthwatering pumpkin bars.
For the bars:
- 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
- 1 2/3 cup raw sugar (or brown sugar)
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup of canola oil
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- one tsp salt
For the frosting:
- 6 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk or heavy cream
How To Make Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk the eggs and add the raw sugar, pumpkin, and oil together in the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl. Mix wet ingredients on high until blended well.
Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate medium bowl.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture, mixing until combined.
Pour the mixture into a greased 10″ x 15″ jelly roll pan or sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow pumpkin cake bars to cool completely over a wire rack before cutting or removing them from the pan.
While the pumpkin cake bars are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.
Mix together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and milk using a stand mixer.
Slowly sift the powdered sugar into the cream cheese mixture. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Spread the tangy cream cheese frosting over the cooled pumpkin cake bars.
Cut the cream cheese pumpkin bars into squares or rectangles and serve. Enjoy!
Treat yourself and your loved ones to these irresistible pumpkin bars that will leave your taste buds in pure bliss. Follow the provided recipe and tips to create a batch that will have everyone begging for more. Don’t forget to share this recipe with others and spread the joy of delicious fall desserts!
Don’t Overmix: When it comes to mixing the batter, less is more. Over-mixing can result in dense and tough bars. Mix the ingredients just until they are fully incorporated, being careful not to overwork the batter. This will help maintain a light and tender texture in your pumpkin bars.
It is OK to Experiment with Add-Ins: While the classic pumpkin bar is delicious on its own, don’t be afraid to get creative with add-ins. If you are a nut lover, try folding in some chopped pecans or walnuts for added crunch and depth of flavor. You can also sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking for a delightful surprise.
It is OK to Adjust the Spices: The amount of spices in your pumpkin bars can be adjusted based on your personal preference. If you prefer a stronger spice flavor, increase the amount of pumpkin pie spice or the specific flavor or cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice that you crave. Conversely, if you prefer a more subtle taste, reduce the spice quantities. Don’t forget to taste and adjust as you go!
Printable Pumpkin Bar Recipe Card:
How To Store Pumpkin Bars
To keep your bars fresh and moist, it’s best to store them in an airtight container. This will help prevent them from drying out and ensure that they retain their delicious flavor.
For longer storage, you can also refrigerate your pumpkin bars. Simply place them in a sealed container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap before placing them in the fridge. This will help extend their shelf life and keep them tasting their best for several days. When you’re ready to enjoy another serving of your pumpkin bars, simply remove them from the fridge, allow them to come to room temperature, and savor the deliciousness once again. You can also warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds if you prefer them slightly warmed.
There you have my pumpkin bars recipe and secret techniques for making the most delicious pumpkin bars. These pumpkin cake bars have the perfect level of moistness and are topped with the most delicious cream cheese frosting. You’ll wish it was fall all year long!
As you partake in these scrumptious treats, let them be a reminder that the simplest pleasures can bring the greatest joy. So go on, take a bite of pure bliss and savor the flavors that the season has to offer. Share this recipe with others and spread the happiness that comes from indulging in a truly delicious autumn dessert!