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Pumpkin Bars

by Laura

Pumpkin Bars are a must every year since I got this recipe from a fellow church member.  They’re called bars, but are more like a cake in texture.  It makes a whole jelly roll pan, so it’s enough to feed a crowd.

I always do half of the pan with chocolate chips on top and the other half with cream cheese frosting in order to please all members of my family.  Both our good, but I favor the side with cream cheese frosting.  The frosting recipe below is the recipe I specifically use on the pumpkin bars.
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Pumpkin Bars


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Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large can (29 oz) pumpkin
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • (chocolate chips or cream cheese frosting or both in my case)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin.
  3. Then fold in dry ingredients and pour into jelly roll pan (13 x 18 pan) . (At this point I sprinkle half the pan with 1 cup of chocolate chips)
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Frost with cream cheese frosting if not using chocolate chips.

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Cream Cheese Frosting


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Ingredients

  • (I use this recipe to frost half the cake. You could use it to frost the whole thing, but I like a good layer. So if you frost the whole pan, I would recommend doubling this recipe)
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (I use light)
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and blended.

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These are the original photos from this post. The above photos were updated in October 2016.

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K November 18, 2012 - 4:56 pm

USE BROWN SUGAR!! OMG!! Yummy!!!! Thx for the recipe!

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I’m making these RIGHT NOW ANNNDDDD I am your newest follower! 🙂 Your site is amazing! (PS found you on Pinterest! 🙂

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I’m making these RIGHT NOW ANNNDDDD I am your newest follower! 🙂 Your site is amazing! (PS found you on Pinterest! 🙂

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Jenn October 19, 2009 - 7:16 pm

Made these today for my son's birthday treats…they turned out very well. Even my very picky son said that they were great. Thanks for the recipe.

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Jenn October 19, 2009 - 7:16 pm

Made these today for my son's birthday treats…they turned out very well. Even my very picky son said that they were great. Thanks for the recipe.

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Kevin October 17, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Those bars look so good! Great way to enjoy some pumpkin.

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Kevin October 17, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Those bars look so good! Great way to enjoy some pumpkin.

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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe October 15, 2009 - 3:14 pm

Yum~ this looks like the perfect thing to use my leftover pumpkin!
Thanks.

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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe October 15, 2009 - 3:14 pm

Yum~ this looks like the perfect thing to use my leftover pumpkin!
Thanks.

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The Cooking Photographer October 14, 2009 - 9:17 am

Yum! I've saved this to make. Thanks!

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The Cooking Photographer October 14, 2009 - 9:17 am

Yum! I've saved this to make. Thanks!

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Mags October 13, 2009 - 9:38 pm

I'm obsessed with everything pumpkin this past week. Adding this to my (ever-expanding) list of pumpkin recipes to try.

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Mags October 13, 2009 - 9:38 pm

I'm obsessed with everything pumpkin this past week. Adding this to my (ever-expanding) list of pumpkin recipes to try.

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ABowlOfMush October 13, 2009 - 6:29 pm

These look so moist and delicious! Better than carrot cake in my eyes!

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ABowlOfMush October 13, 2009 - 6:29 pm

These look so moist and delicious! Better than carrot cake in my eyes!

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Gourmified October 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

Oooo! YuM! Cream Cheese frosting makes my world go round…and my butt for that matter! Well worth it! These look FANTASTIc!!!

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Gourmified October 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

Oooo! YuM! Cream Cheese frosting makes my world go round…and my butt for that matter! Well worth it! These look FANTASTIc!!!

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Karen from PA October 13, 2009 - 1:15 pm

These look and sound wonderful. Do you think the would come out ok if I made them into cupcakes? My family loves cupcakes.

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Karen from PA October 13, 2009 - 1:15 pm

These look and sound wonderful. Do you think the would come out ok if I made them into cupcakes? My family loves cupcakes.

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Lynda October 13, 2009 - 1:00 pm

These look delicious! I have a similar recipe that I top with the cream cheese frosting.

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Lynda October 13, 2009 - 1:00 pm

These look delicious! I have a similar recipe that I top with the cream cheese frosting.

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Mommy's Kitchen October 13, 2009 - 10:44 am

Laura we both have pumpkin on the brain. I made a pumpkiin sheet cake. I cant wait to try this recipe. What a time saver with half choclate chips and the other half cream cheese. I am going to make these for thansgiving.

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Mommy's Kitchen October 13, 2009 - 10:44 am

Laura we both have pumpkin on the brain. I made a pumpkiin sheet cake. I cant wait to try this recipe. What a time saver with half choclate chips and the other half cream cheese. I am going to make these for thansgiving.

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Denise October 13, 2009 - 10:00 am

Yay.. I just bought a can of pumpkin this weekend… pics came out great.

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Denise October 13, 2009 - 10:00 am

Yay.. I just bought a can of pumpkin this weekend… pics came out great.

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Lauren October 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

YUM! These look delish!

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Lauren October 13, 2009 - 9:45 am

YUM! These look delish!

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megan October 13, 2009 - 7:57 am

This looks wonderful! I found your blog through tasty kitchen (can't wait to try the enchilada soup!). I have leftover pumpkin in the refrigerator right now, and just needed a recipe – thanks!

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megan October 13, 2009 - 7:57 am

This looks wonderful! I found your blog through tasty kitchen (can't wait to try the enchilada soup!). I have leftover pumpkin in the refrigerator right now, and just needed a recipe – thanks!

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Julie October 13, 2009 - 7:52 am

These look fantastic! My kids love pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting, but this would be a lot faster to make and easier to store.

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Julie October 13, 2009 - 7:52 am

These look fantastic! My kids love pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting, but this would be a lot faster to make and easier to store.

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Camilla October 13, 2009 - 7:49 am

These sound and look heavenly! I am crazy about pumpkin; will have to make these very soon 🙂

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Diane November 12, 2012 - 10:43 am

Thank you for the great recipe! I was searching for some new pumpkin recipes to try and found yours. I featured it, along with some other pumpkin recipes (https://mylifeasrobinswife.com/2012/11/11/the-perfect-parade-of-pumpkin-possibilities/) on my blog yesterday. I can’t wait to try it!
Blessings! Diane from My Life as Robin’s Wife.

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Camilla October 13, 2009 - 7:49 am

These sound and look heavenly! I am crazy about pumpkin; will have to make these very soon 🙂

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Diane November 12, 2012 - 10:43 am

Thank you for the great recipe! I was searching for some new pumpkin recipes to try and found yours. I featured it, along with some other pumpkin recipes (https://mylifeasrobinswife.com/2012/11/11/the-perfect-parade-of-pumpkin-possibilities/) on my blog yesterday. I can’t wait to try it!
Blessings! Diane from My Life as Robin’s Wife.

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