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pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting on white plates on a grey background

Pumpkin Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars frosted with a Cream Cheese Frosting are irresistible and super easy and quick to make! The perfect fall treat. Step-by-step photos help you make these tasty bars!

 

  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x

Ingredients

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Pumpkin Bars

  • 2oz (1/4 Cup) Greek Yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 2oz (1/4 Cup) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 150 grams (3/4 Cup) Granulated/ Caster Sugar
  • 8oz (1 Cup) Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 125 grams (1 Cup) All-Purpose/ Plain Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4oz Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2oz (1/4 Cup) Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 250-313 grams (2-2 1/2 Cups) Confectioners/Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C and grease an 8X8 or 9X9 baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or whisk combine the oil, greek yogurt, eggs, sugar, and pumpkin puree, mixing until evenly combined.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the wet batter just until fully combined.
  5. Pour into pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (no wet batter). Let cool on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes.
  6. Once the bars are completely cooled begin making the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine cream cheese, butter, and pumpkin pie spice until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  2. Add in sifted powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat on low until powdered sugar is combined then turn the speed up to high and beat for another 3-5 minutes, until very light and fluffy. Use an angled spatula spread the frosting over cooled bars. Store bars in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

When I put the bars in the oven to bake I take the cream cheese and butter out to come to room temperature.

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin bars, pumpkin and cream cheese, pumpkin dessert bars

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