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BEST Pumpkin Bars

These are the BEST Pumpkin Bars and are the perfect fall dessert. They are full of yummy pumpkin flavor and easy to eat with just your fingers.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how do i make the best pumpkin bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 272kcal



  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 9×9 square baking pans with cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin. Mix on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well. Gradually add to the pumpkin mixture until combined.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool.
  • Combine the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix on medium speed (using whisk attachments) until smooth, approximately 1 minute. Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled bars and cut into squares.


  • A jelly roll pan will work as a substitute for the 2 square baking pans.
  • Pumpkin pie spice is a pre-mixed combination of spices that can be used to flavor pies and bars. The spices are generally ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sometimes all-spice. In this recipe, we do not use this pre-mixed combination.
  • Substitute canola oil for vegetable oil if that is what you have on hand.
  • Consider making your own pumpkin puree right in your own kitchen!


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2979IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg