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Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting with a pumpkin in the background.
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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
Servings: 28 servings

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
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray, set aside. 
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. 
  • 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. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix to combine.
  • 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

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

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal (10%), Carbohydrates: 34g (11%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 6g (9%), Saturated Fat: 3g (15%), Cholesterol: 17mg (6%), Sodium: 156mg (7%), Potassium: 56mg (2%), Sugar: 26g (29%), Vitamin A: 215IU (4%), Calcium: 24mg (2%), Iron: 0.5mg (3%)