A stack of pumpkin bars topped with frosting and sprinkles.
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Pumpkin Bars

These pumpkin bars are light and fluffy cake bars made with pumpkin puree and spices, then topped with a layer of cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. A fall favorite dessert that's perfect for feeding a crowd!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 257kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

For the bars

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree do not use pumpkin pie filling
  • cooking spray

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles for decoration optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 10”x15” pan with parchment paper, then coat the pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the flour, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add the vanilla extract, eggs, vegetable oil and pumpkin puree to the bowl. Stir until just combined.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan.
  • Place the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer and mix until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time and mix on low speed until combined. Add the vanilla extract and mix for 30 seconds.
  • If the frosting is too thick, add 1 teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Spread the frosting evenly over the pumpkin bars. Top with sprinkles. Cut into squares and serve, or store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 110mg | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 60.8% | Vitamin C: 0.9% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 5.5%