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Easy Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious and easy Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting are a fantastic fall dessert! The perfect cross between a pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie and pumpkin brownies!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, pumpkin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 261kcal

Equipment

  • 9x13" baking pan

Ingredients

  • 29 oz Pumpkin Puree 29oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp salt if a hint of saltiness is a good thing to you, definitely add 2 tsp

Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened brick, not tub style cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream milk or half and half can be used

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, eggs and oil with an electric mixer until well combined.
  • Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt to the wet ingredients and mix by hand until just combined.
  • Pour batter into a 9x13" baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes. Bars should be starting to set up, but remember this is more like a brownie than a cake, it should seem a bit undercooked in the center, but not still be wet.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Frosting

  • Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add one cup of powdered sugar, and salt, and mix until well combined. Then add remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined.
  • Add in one tablespoon of cream and mix until well combined. If a slightly thinner texture is desired, add in additional tablespoon of cream and mix until combined.
  • Spread frosting over bars. Slice and serve.

Notes

When topped with cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin bars should be stored in a refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 6662IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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