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Pumpkin Bars

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Pumpkin Bars
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 18
  • Servings 48
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Our Pumpkin Bars recipe is a classic fall dessert, and it's not hard to see why. It's such a crowd-pleaser! Mix basic baking ingredients to create these pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting in three easy steps. These pumpkin dessert bars make a yummy Halloween treat or a tasty addition to your Thanksgiving spread.
Updated Aug 17, 2021

Ingredients

BARS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins

FROSTING

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 3 oz (from 8-oz package) cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 15x10x1-inch baking pan. In large bowl, combine all bar ingredients except nuts and raisins; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in nuts and raisins. Pour into greased pan.
  • 2
    Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 45 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 3
    In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper, and place on microwaveable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 5 to 10 seconds or until soft.
  • tip 2
    The best way to measure flour is to stir it before spooning it into your measuring cup. Fill until heaped then sweep off the excess flour with the flat edge of a butter knife.
  • tip 3
    Remember to scrape down the sides of your bowl while mixing to ensure all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Nutrition Information

160 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 20g Total Carbohydrate, 15g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
160
Calories from Fat
70
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
95mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
20g
7%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
15g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Is it really fall without pumpkin bars? Especially these easy bars! This recipe only requires a few simple steps: all the ingredients except nuts and raisins go in a bowl and get blended together, stir in the nuts and raisins, and pour into your greased pan to bake. It is really as easy as that. While your cake cools, prep the classic cream cheese frosting—this extra step adds a lot of sweetness and decadence to these dessert bars, so don’t skip it! Just remember: it is important to let the cake cool completely before topping so your cream cheese frosting doesn’t melt into your pumpkin bars. This fall favorite is perfect for potlucks and large gatherings since it makes forty-eight servings. If you can’t get enough pumpkin in your life you should try out these other pumpkin bar varieties.
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