Delicious Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Pumpkin bars are a delightful treat perfect for the fall season.

They combine the warm, comforting flavors of pumpkin and spices, topped with a creamy, sweet frosting.

These bars are moist, tender, and sure to be a hit at any gathering.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce (or vegetable oil)
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional, for thinning)


  • 9×13 inch baking pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Offset spatula
  • Wire cooling rack


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, then add the applesauce and pumpkin puree, mixing until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly with an offset spatula.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the bars cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

For the Frosting:

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, then continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until it turns a light golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a medium bowl, beat the browned butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.

Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating until smooth and creamy.

If the frosting is too thick, add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Spread the frosting over the cooled pumpkin bars. Sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Cut into squares and serve.

Nutritional Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 212 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 57 mg
  • Sodium: 214 mg
  • Potassium: 153 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Vitamin A: 3655 IU
  • Vitamin C: 1.1 mg
  • Calcium: 53 mg
  • Iron: 1.2 mg

Health Benefits

Pumpkin: Rich in vitamins A and C, pumpkin is excellent for your immune system and skin health.

Spices: Pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties and can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Applesauce: Using applesauce instead of oil reduces the fat content and adds fiber and vitamins to the recipe.

Cream Cheese: Provides a source of calcium and protein, essential for bone health.

These pumpkin bars are a great way to enjoy a delicious dessert with some added nutritional benefits. The vitamins and antioxidants in pumpkin help boost immunity, improve vision, and support healthy skin. Additionally, the spices used are known for their beneficial effects on metabolism and inflammation.


1. Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin puree?

Yes, you can use fresh pumpkin puree. Just ensure it is well-drained and has a similar consistency to canned puree.

2. Can I make these pumpkin bars ahead of time?

Absolutely. These bars can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Just frost them before serving.

3. What can I use instead of cream cheese for the frosting?

You can use a buttercream frosting or even a simple glaze made with powdered sugar and milk.

4. How should I store leftover pumpkin bars?

Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze them for longer storage.

5. Can I add nuts or chocolate chips to the pumpkin bars?

Yes, feel free to add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for added texture and flavor.

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