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The Best Pumpkin Bars

Perfectly soft pumpkin bars with whipped cream cheese frosting.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: pumpkin bars
Author: Kami | NoBiggie.net
Pumpkin Bars:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup butter cut into cubes
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 15oz. can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 8oz. package cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Pumpkin Bars:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Grease a 15x10inch jelly roll pan.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl (covered with a paper napkin or paper towel). Heat in microwave until melted (1 minute +). Let the melted butter cool slightly.

  4. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla extract to melted butter and whisk until well combined.

  5. Add the flour mixture in with the wet ingredients. Stir mixture with a rubber scraper until combined, scraping down the sides to make sure it's all mixed in.

  6. Pour and spread the pumpkin batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, it is ready.

  8. Out of the oven, let it cool completely in the pan.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Using an electric stand mixer (or hand mixer), add the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla into the mixing bowl.

  2. Mix on low speed until combined. Once the powdered sugar is blended in, increase the speed to high and whip until the frosting is light and fluffy… about 2 to 3 minutes of mix time.

  3. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cooled pumpkin bars. Cut into squares.