Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I really enjoy baking, but I am in no way a professional – it is pretty much trial and error around here. I tried this pumpkin bar recipe from Simply Happenings, and let me tell you, it was a huge fail. I am completely to blame as I didn’t use a big enough pan, so my bars turned out to be more of a cake. It was still delicious, but my second time around turned out much better. I tweaked the recipe a little to better suit me, but it still makes about 32 bars, so a 12″ x 17″ half sheet baking pan is the way to go for best results.

Pumpkin Bar Ingredients:

  • 15 ounce can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 ½ cups White Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease a 12″ x 17″ half sheet baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter and white sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly add dry ingredients to bowl and mix.
  • Blend pumpkin puree into batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While the bars bake, make the cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  • Add vanilla then slowly start to add powdered sugar. Beat until creamy.
  • Once bars are cooled, spread frosting over evenly.
  • Optional: add sprinkles or toppings
  • Slice bars and serve.

(Simply Happenings recommends storing in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 days or freeze for up to 3 months for best quality.)

Give these a try and let me what you think!

Published by Kelsey Youmans

Welcome to my blog! My name is Kelsey and I am a 20-something bookworm, Pinterest addict, and lover of all things cozy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we live in the beautiful Peach State. I created this blog just-for-fun and I hope you enjoy these little snippets of my life!

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