These delicious Pumpkin Bars are moist, packed with amazing pumpkin flavor, and topped with a silky smooth cream cheese frosting. This is an EASY pumpkin recipe that’ll have you coming back for seconds… and thirds! 😉

Pumpkin bars covered in cream cheese frosting on a plate, with an orange pumpkin in the background.

 

As the weather begins to cool down I can’t help but pull out my cans of pumpkin puree! All I want to do come October September is bake allllll the pumpkin things!!!

Proof ➡️ I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies in August. Yes, it’s true. I make pumpkin desserts all year long (gasp)!

A bite of pumpkin bars on a fork.

What can I say?! I love fall and the baking that comes with the season ❤️

Frothy egg whites in a glass bowl.

This pumpkin bars recipe is so easy to make! It takes 15 minutes of prep, and the rest is a matter of baking in the oven.

How to make Pumpkin Bars

Mix the dry ingredients together, and then set that bowl aside.

Next, you’re going to mix 4 egg whites until they become frothy. (See picture above). We aren’t looking for soft peaks, but rather a step beneath soft peaks. So once those egg whites have a milky white appearance and they look FROTHY, you’re good!

Then go ahead and add the sugar, oil, and pumpkin to the egg whites. (This step is illustrated in the LEFT picture, below).

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. (RIGHT photo, pictured below).

Two process photos showing the making of the pumpkin bars batter.

Spread the pumpkin bars batter into a sprayed cookie sheet.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Each oven varies, so I always check it around 25 minutes and then let it bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. This took about 28 minutes in my oven.

Once the bars have completely baked, allow them to cool.

A side angle of a baking sheet full of pumpkin bars batter.

All that’s left to do is make FROSTING!

I’m sure these pumpkin bars would taste wonderful without the cream cheese frosting, but lets be real… who wants to do that?!

A cream cheese frosting adds the perfect sweetness, creaminess, and soft consistency to the top of these pumpkin bars.

Soooo, I made frosting!

How to make cream cheese frosting

Mix the butter and cream cheese until they are light and fluffy. This will take about 1-2 minutes. I love using my Kitchen Aid (with the paddle attachment) to make frosting but you can use hand beaters as well.

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the whipped butter and cream cheese. Mix until everything is smooth and evenly combined.

If the frosting is too thick, add a splash of milk. A little goes a long way so be careful. If you add too much milk, you can offset it by adding more powdered sugar until you get your desired consistency.

An overhead shot of a baking sheet with pumpkin bars fully cooked, topped with a cream cheese frosting.Tips for making frosting:

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Pull the butter and cream cheese out of the refrigerator 30-60 minutes before starting. Note that the butter should be soft and malleable without being greasy or melted.
  • Use powdered sugar for a smooth frosting consistency.
  • Don’t add too much liquid. You want the frosting to be thick, not thin and soupy.

Overhead view of four pumpkin bars on a white plate.

I hope I’ve convinced you to make this EASY Pumpkin Bars recipe! It’s a delicious dessert loved by everyone!

More *delicious* pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Bars with a cream cheese frosting.

 


Craving more? Be sure to check out these delicious fall/pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Pancakes

Mini Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecakes

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Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting with a pumpkin in the background.
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Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Sugars 26g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings: 28 servings
Pumpkin Bars

Delicious pumpkin bars topped with a thick and creamy cream cheese frosting! This pumpkin bars recipe will become a fall dessert staple!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
 
Calories: 204 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 29 oz pumpkin puree I use Libby's pumpkin puree (the big can)
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • milk enough to make the right consistency
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray, set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. 

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment add the egg whites. Beat until foamy. Switch to the paddle attachment. Add the sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Mix to combine. 

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix to combine.

  5. Spread the batter into the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with no crumbs on it. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting it. 

Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add enough milk to create your desired consistency (I added 1 tsp of milk). 

  2. Once the pumpkin bars have cooled, spread frosting on top!

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bars recipe, pumpkin bars with frosting, pumpkin sheet cake recipe

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