Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

October 2, 2008

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Filed under: dessert — Emily @ 2:18 am

Another one of my friend Nikki‘s recipe. I remember her telling me last Fall how much her husband, Ben, loves these pumpkin bars. My pumpkin experience had been limited to pie and bread, so I decided to try this. It was definitely a hit! My husband also loves it—the cake part is really moist and fluffy, and the cream cheese frosting is heavenly! You must eat these warm—so nuke it for a second when eating leftovers. I did not have the pan listed in this recipe, so I used a 9×9 brownie pan and it worked just fine.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, beaten
1- 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 cup cooking oil
1/2 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the eggs, pumpkin, and oil until combined. Spread in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan (or 9×9 pan).

Bake in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 2 hours on a wire rack.

For the frosting:

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in additional powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers. (Halve the recipes to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Cover and store frosted cake in the refrigerator.

**Can also substitute one 15-oz jar of applesauce for the pumpkin if wanting to make Applesauce Bars. (Have not tried this yet)

Source: Pennies on a Platter



  1. Yum! My husband specifically requested pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting just the other day! I’ll have to try these! šŸ™‚

    Comment by themilkmanswife — October 2, 2008 @ 2:24 am

  2. Yum, it looks delicious. The frosting keeps calling my name, lol!

    Comment by Ally — October 2, 2008 @ 2:43 am

  3. this looks like the same recipe my great-aunt gave me. They’re quite addicting! And they’re good without the frosting too …

    Comment by jesstyler — October 2, 2008 @ 3:31 am

  4. You know what? I think next time I’ll try using a 9×9 pan because it looks delicious being that thick! šŸ™‚

    Comment by Nikki — October 2, 2008 @ 3:32 am

  5. These look fantastic! Pumpkin and cream cheese is always a winning combination!

    Comment by Cate — October 2, 2008 @ 5:05 am

  6. Oh man, you *have* to try smitten kitchen’ pumpkin bread pudding if you’re a pumpkin fan. Amazing. And I have to try these bars!

    Comment by Jeni — October 4, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

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