Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY Pumpkin Bars

These are great fall treats. You can make this recipe either regular or light, both are quite tasty. This is one of my husband's favorite desserts.

Homemade Pumpkin Bars

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or half oil and half milk for a light version)
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin or 2 cups homemade pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8-ounce (1 cup) cream cheese (homemade works great) softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (homemade works great)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Combine all ingredients for pumpkin bars in a large mixing bowl, and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Spread into a greased jelly roll pan or a 9x13 cake pan for thicker cake-like bars.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes (may vary based on thickness of bars). Allow bars to cool. Top with cream cheese frosting for a rich dessert or lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar for a lighter version.
  4. For the frosting, beat powdered sugar into cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. If you desire a stiffer or sweeter frosting, continue to add powdered sugar until it reaches desired consistency. Spread on top cooled bars.


  1. These are amazing! I made them in a 9x13 pan, and just used the powdered sugar on top.

  2. If your husband likes these as much as mine, that 9x13 pan won't last long.


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