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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated on February 8, 2015

Pumpkin Bars Make a Great Halloween Snack

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the perfect fall recipe. These are good for any occasion. I have made pumpkin bars for Holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and even Halloween. There are several variations of these bars from more pie like to a cake type bar or a combination of both.

My sister-in-law makes the best pumpkin bars. I'm good...but she edges me out on these, though I use the same recipe that she passed along to me. When it comes to homemade desserts for all the Holidays it comes down to her or me. Everyone else in the family takes the easy way out. Yummy store bakery desserts!

Pumpkin bars make a great Halloween snack. They can be decorated with Jack o' lantern designs or scary black cats on top of the cream cheese frosting.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: one 9x13 in pan

Directions for Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10x15 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the pumpkin puree.
  4. Combine all the dry ingredient to the pumpkin mixture. Mix well. Add in walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. (Recipe below)

Ingredients for cake bars

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Spread over cooled pumpkin bars. Cut into squares.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

teaspoon vanilla extract

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© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      swilliams It is so yummy. Thanks for vote up and tweet.

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      4 years ago

      Great job! Looks Yummy! Voted up and tweeted out!

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      patinkc, The pumpkin part is good. Not sure about the rest as far as healthy. But yummy!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Jerzimom Thanks for sharing. It is the cream cheese frosting that makes these extra special.

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      4 years ago from Midwest

      Yum, this sounds delicious! And so good for you!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Love Pumpkin Bars! Pinning and sharing on my FB Dessert and Goodies page.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @Ibidii: Thanks for the feature.

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      5 years ago

      I loved your cream cheese recipe so I featured it as an example to use on my friends cake recipe.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hope you are having a super Halloween night. Pumpkins lighted and black cats are a meowing out there.

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      6 years ago

      These are so beautiful I can just taste them. I used to make bars like these.

    • PaulWinter profile image


      6 years ago

      I hadn't thought of using pumpkin in cakes. These pumpkin bars look yummy.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      My goodness but these sound positively yummy! I love pumpkin dessert recipes. Blessings! :)

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      7 years ago

      LOVE pumpkin! Love cream cheese! Put these together and OMG!!!! Blessed!

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      7 years ago

      I enjoyed this and printed out the recipe ... it's going to be a yum time in the old town tonight!

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      Debi Jones 

      7 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! I am always looking for new recipes to try and this one looks like winner to add to my holiday baking! Thanks Again!

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      7 years ago


    • norma-holt profile image


      7 years ago

      Great recipe. Can you use your own pumpkins as I have never seen pumpkin puree in the shops and now most of the canned stuff comes from China and is rather dubious health wise. Bookmarked to try this out for the grandkids. Hugs

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      7 years ago

      Pumpkin baked goods? Cream cheese frosting? Yes please! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      A sin worth committing.

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      7 years ago

      got anymore pictures of this great looking treat?

    • Othercatt profile image


      7 years ago

      Mmmm! These sound so yummy!

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      jseven lm 

      7 years ago

      I a softie for pumpkin and cream cheese!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm very tempted. Usually I don't back much, but this is a favorite of mine in the fall.

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      7 years ago

      Ummmmm, Yummy! These look so delicious. I just might try them, even though I "Hate-to-Cook"

    • dwnovacek profile image


      8 years ago

      MMMM... I love pumpkin, and this recipe looks great. I can't wait to try it. Lensrolled this on my pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread lenses. Thanks for sharing!

    • CeruttiTesi profile image


      8 years ago

      It is good not only for Halloween! Thank you!

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Can't get enough pumpkin - it's not just for Halloween. These pumpkin bars sound fabulous. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

    • mikerbowman profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow... these look divine!

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      8 years ago

      What could be better!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      O M G ! I lensrolled this to 7 Cancer Fighting Foods, because, well, pumpkin is one of them so these things must be health food right?

      Well, sometimes we have to get our good food in a fun form!

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      Jeff Wendland 

      8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Those really look good. I Iove cream cheese frosting too.

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      8 years ago

      I am definitely trying these out! Favored your lens so I can find this great recipe.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmmm, these look so good!!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      8 years ago

      I just featured this lens on my Halloween Recipes page.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      These look so yummy! Can't wait to try this recipe.

    • TriviaChamp profile image


      8 years ago

      These look perfect for this upcoming Halloween.

    • CastleRoyLisa profile image


      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      mmm these sound really good thank you sandy

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Sandy ~ I'm adding your lens to Culinary Favorites From A to Z under pumpkins. The group would love a lensroll to your lens! Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      I am pasting this recipe into my Notebook.

      My sister will love those.


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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy! These sound great. We are coming into autumn in the southern hemisphere, so our pumpkins are ripening.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      These sound delicious!

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      9 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I will be making pumpkin bars! Next major grocery trip I make, I'm getting the ingredients and treating myself.

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      9 years ago

      Sounds interesting. I must try this.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yum ~ I think you sold me on the cream cheese frosting! I have an extra can of pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving, I know how to use it now! Thanks! :D

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      mosaic lm 

      9 years ago

      I'll be back for Cream Cheese Frosting. I'm not sure I've ever made it before but I know I love it waaaaay better than buttercream frosting.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      9 years ago

      I just love anything carrots with cream cheese. Delicious!

    • CastleRoyLisa profile image


      9 years ago from Rhode Island

      Yummy Lens

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      9 years ago

      I love pumpkin bars, and pumpkin everything.

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      9 years ago


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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      Hey Sandy, I made these on Sunday (with the flour lol). They are delicious and hubby is taking some to work tomorrow to share. I can see I'll be making them often. Thanks for the recipe.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Thanks for your friendship, Sandy! This lens is featured on:

      A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      These look delicious, you are making me very hungry :)

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      These look delicious. I am going to have to try them!

    • SherryHolderHunt profile image


      9 years ago

      Yummy! Love your lens and can't wait for Halloween. 5*s

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      This looks like fun!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      They look and sound fantastic!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted:

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      Teddi14 LM 

      9 years ago

      I have a recipe I make with pumpkin & cranberries. It is great. I will make this too now. 5*'s

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      9 years ago

      Going to try these. Seems delicious, so ought to be delicious.

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      9 years ago

      Yummy! I'll definitely try these but I don't know if I can wait til Halloween. I think they would make a good dessert for Thanksgiving too.

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      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      Great lens! These look delicious. I've added this one to my similar lens on "Homemade Pumpkin Cake."

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      David Schroeter 

      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      These look great, Sandy! Will have to return to this lens when I'm ready to get cooking. 5 *s and a favourite.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty & Delicious! :)

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      featuring these at :)

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      Makes me so hungry for these! I love pumpkin bars.

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very very attractive presentation. lovely lens. 5* and my fav

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I LOVE pumpkin stuff. Pumpkin bars, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake. Even pumpkin scones. Okay, just added some ingredients for my shopping list for today. And, of course, it's all your fault. :)

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      9 years ago

      yum, yum and even more yum!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. These look and sound wonderful. Send me some of yours and your sisters and I will do a Taste Test for you and tell you which one is better. lol

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Oh, I love pumpkin and these sound wonderful!

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Pumpkin and cream cheese are a match made in heaven. I luv pumpkin cheesecake and will need to try these bars! They might be easier :) 5*

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      9 years ago

      These pumpkin bars sound fabulous! I can almost smell em looking at this page! Blessed by a joyful SquidAngel!

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      I love, love, love pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting!

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      9 years ago

      Oooo, this is wonderful! 5 stars and more! ~claudia

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      Leanne Chesser 

      9 years ago

      I love the look and feel of this lens. Terrific!

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      9 years ago

      I love anything pumpkin, these bars look delicious! Yummm! Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      oh Sandy! I've been needing a recipe for these! Thank you so much - these look perfect!

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      Carolan Ross 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very well done lens, Sandy! FIVE and FAV!

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      9 years ago

      I love pumpkin recipes! We don't have any in Guatemala, and whenever I come home I miss out on Pumpkin season!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      This sounds delicious! I can hardly wait to try them.

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      9 years ago

      Okay, I am sending you hugs! I have been wanting a good recipe for pumpkin bars and this one looks great!! Thanks for sharing.

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      Brookelorren LM 

      9 years ago

      We don't do Halloween, but those look yummy anyway!

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      andreaberrios lm 

      9 years ago

      Oh Sandy this looks so good! I love pumpkin and cream cheese frosting yummm! 5*

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      9 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; we love pumpkin bars!

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      9 years ago

      Yum! This look great and I love love love cream cheese icing!

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      oooo, those look so yummy!

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Pumpkin and cream cheese together is like heaven on earth! Beautiful SquidBoo lens.

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      9 years ago

      These sound wonderful! Must admit though I would eat just about anything with cream cheese icing!

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      9 years ago

      Those look so good and I am not a fan of pumpkin, BUT my kids and husband are - I must share this. I think they will love it.

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      9 years ago

      looks good i need to try this one out i love punking

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      Now that's not fair. Your making me hungry. Have to try these.

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      9 years ago

      I might have a try at these - they look delish.

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yummy looking! Love pumpkin bars! Beautiful lens too!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      Mmmmmm! I can taste it now! Looks so good!


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