Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

A great dessert recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  2. In another container, combine pumpkin, cooking oil and eggs till thoroughly mixed. Add to dry mixture. Stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  3. If desired, stir in walnuts.
  4. Spread batter into a sprayed 15x10x1-inch-baking pan.
  5. Bake in a 350 oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  9. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium to high speed till light and fluffy.
  10. Gradually beat in enough of the remaining powdered sugar to make the frosting of spreading consistency.
  11. Cut into bars.
  12. Store, covered.
  13. **Note: Substitute one 16-ounce can of applesauce for the pumpkin and presto! You have applesauce bars.
Most Helpful

I love this recipe. Most pumpkin bar recipes are for 13x9 pans, and seem more like a cake. I changed the frosting to 8oz cream cheese, 1/2C. butter, 2-4 C. powdered sugar and 1tsp vanilla....not as sweet and more creamy.

KATHLEEN Woller October 30, 2006

Awesome recipe, I had the pumpkin version last week at a relative's house and it was really good, BUT there was a grittiness to it. She agreed. This week I decided to try to the applesause version. On the icing portion of the recipe, I am thinking there may be a part left out of the instructions as there seems to be a lot of powdered sugar. Additionally, you wrote, "Gradually beat in enough of the remaining powdered sugar to make the frosting of spreading consistency." This would seem to indicate you may have added a lesser amount to begin with?

Rob Marvin MD October 30, 2009

Very moist bars! I used cloves & cinnamon for the spices. I also added a tsp. of maple extract to the frosting and topped w/ chopped pecans! I would probably use an 11x17 pan next time since they were a little high over the pan once I added the frosting. Will definitely make again!

kcram July 28, 2009