Dessert, Holiday Food

Pumpkin Bars

November is the month for everything pumpkin and I tried some fun recipes one of which is Pumpkin Bars that turned out to be a super moist, melt in your mouth dessert that everyone in my family asked for seconds and thirds on.  Pumpkin Bars are a sweet blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, and a cake like texture, topped with rich cream cheese frosting and is simple to add impressive but quick decorations to.

Pumpkin Bars by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

I know I said that my Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread was amazing but these Pumpkin Bars are a whole new kind of amazing.  The bread was great and worked perfectly for a quick breakfast and such but the Pumpkin Bars are an amazing dessert to impress even the pickiest eaters.

Pumpkin Bars by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 15 – oz. can of pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Cream cheese frosting

  • 8 – oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin in a mixer.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a greased and floured 18” x 12” jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the bars start to pull away from the edges of the pan.
  6. When the Pumpkin Bars are cooled make the cream cheese frosting.
  7. Mix all cream cheese frosting ingredients except the powdered sugar well.
  8. Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until fluffy.
  9. Spread onto cooled pumpkin bars.
  10. To make a cool design dump some cinnamon onto a plate.
  11. Get any cookie cutter, preferably small, and dip into the cinnamon.
  12. Gently press cookie cutter into the pumpkin bars to make a design.

Pumpkin Bars by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

These Pumpkin Bars were amazing but did take a little work but don’t let that scare you away trust me, I’m working on a post with pies and wow, those are hard.  This recipe is a little long but completely worth it and the steps are pretty easy just mainly mixing.  I hope this recipe helps out with all your holiday plans and adventures.

Pumpkin Bars by Nikki Christiansen for Busy Mom's Helper

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