Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I really can't give a good enough review of these pumpkin bars. The first time I made them was over a year ago for a pot luck with some friends down here in Alabama. Over a year later, our friends continue to request these bars whenever we get together. Even my husband, who does not enjoy the taste of pumpkin, loves this recipe. On the Food Network website, this recipe received 5/5 stars based on 488 reviews... I give it a 5 for sure! This is definitely a tried and true recipe that I will be using for years to come.

Source: recipe adapted from Paula Deen (Food Network)



  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.

To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

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