I swear eating this never gets old, no matter the season!

As the seasons shift and the crisp breath of autumn fills the air, there’s a certain harmony found in the flavors of pumpkin and cream cheese that truly resonates with the soul. In my neck of the woods, Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting aren’t just a treat; they’re a cherished tradition heralding the full swing of fall. This recipe shines at harvest festivals and Thanksgiving, yet its comforting embrace is a joy any time of the year. Perfect for family dinners, community potlucks, or those moments when you’re simply in need of a sweet, seasonal pick-me-up, these pumpkin bars are a guaranteed way to spread joy and warmth.

Pair these delightful bars with a warm mug of cider, a steaming cup of coffee, or as a sweet follow-up to a bowl of soup or a crisp autumn salad, making them a versatile staple for any fall gathering.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yields about 24 bars


For the Pumpkin Bars:
2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon each of ground ginger, cloves, and nutmeg

4 large eggs

1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin puree

1 cup vegetable oil

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt in a large bowl, setting the stage with a cozy blend of autumnal spices.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin puree, and oil until the mixture resembles a harvest sunset.

Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until just combined into a smooth batter.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan, and give it a gentle tap to remove air bubbles.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the inviting scent of baking fill your home.

Cool the bars completely on a wire rack.

For the frosting:

8. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar until fluffy.
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