Pumpkin Bars(Paula Deen)

"Another recipe that I just have to try but need to post to save. This looks and sounds like a great alternative to traditional pumpkin pie."
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Ready In:
24-48 Bars




  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy.
  • Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
  • Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.
  • Cut into bars.
  • To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined.
  • Stir in the vanilla and mix again.
  • Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

Questions & Replies

  1. Why not use pumpkin spice instead of just cinnamon?
  2. I am out of vanilla for the frosting will it make a difference


  1. These were delicious. However, I tasted the batter before cooking and was worried that it might be a little bland so I added more cinnamon, nutmeg, and some allspice. It was great. Also wanted to save some calories so rather than layer on the icing, I used an icing bag to make some pretty designs so you got the flavor without all the calories. Yummy
  2. I ate this dessert at my friend's house for the first time and LOVED it. In fact, my husband said "I am not going to eat any dessert and he asked for seconds. Like my friend, when I made it myself, I used 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of apple sauce to save some calories.
  3. I just made this for the 3rd time since Thanksgiving 2014.....It is the best "cake" ever! I say cake because I add and extra egg and I replace the veg oil with coconut oil. I also agree with another post and use 1 teaspoon of allspice along with the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. The frosting is heavenly and creamy. Not supposed to be like a hard cake frosting....it just glides over the cake and is creamy heaven! a can't miss recipe indeed. And is so forgiving to your own tweeks and flavors. Next time I think I will add dried cranberries or raisins!
  4. I have probably made this 100 times since I got the recipe 7 years ago. Everyone asks for the recipe when I bring it. It is so moist and delicious. I do add 1 more tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice because I like the added flavor. But this recipe is my ( and everone else's) favorite.
  5. Great fall dessert. I added 1/2 t. ginger, 1/2 t. nutmeg, 1/4 t. allspice, 1/4 t. cloves to half a recipe. Baked in a 9X9 inch pam.


  1. I ADDED 1/2 t. ginger, 1/2 t. nutmeg, 1/4 t. allspice, 1/4 t. cloves
  2. yummy! These pumpkin bars are so good. I subbed 3/4 cup of Applesauce and 1/4 cup of oil for the cup of veggie oil and it turned out great. Very moist and delicious. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.


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