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Pumpkin Bars

These bars are baked in a rimmed cookie sheet pan so these are perfect for a crowd! The bars are moist and full of warm spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, all these pumpkin bars need is a cream cheese frosting on top.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time29 mins
Total Time39 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bars
Servings: 20 bars
Author: Heather Perine

Ingredients

For the bars

  • 2 cups (240 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (297 g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (240 mL) vegetable oil
  • 29- ounce can pumpkin puree

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 16 ounces full fat cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened
  • 6 cups (750 g) powdered sugar (confectioners,icing)
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions

For the bars

  • Preheat and prepare pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10x15 rimmed baking sheet (jelly roll pan) or line with parchment paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  • Combine wet ingredients. In a second mixing bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with until thoroughly combined.
  • Add dry ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
  • Bake the bars. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool pan on a wire cooling rack completely and cut into squares.

For the frosting

  • Cream the butter until smooth. Add in the cream cheese.
  • Beat on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract. Add in a pinch of salt.
  • When bars have cooled, frost with the cream cheese frosting