Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #PumpkinWeek

If you want to make a pumpkin dessert that will have folks lining up for the recipe, these pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting are the answer!

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Killer Pumpkin Bars

I’ve made these moist, fall spiced pumpkin bars for numerous occasions. Nicknamed “Killer Pumpkin Bars” by some of my on-line foodie friends, you will agree once you taste your first bite. My kids adore pumpkin bread (don’t ask about the hubby as he only eats his pumpkin in pie), so it was no stretch to surmise that these would be a home run hit. And adding a nice layer of cream cheese frosting never hurt any dessert, at least in my book.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Week!

 Hi and welcome to #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!  Don’t miss the pumpkin scones and palmiers that I will reveal soon. Make sure to stock up on canned pumpkin. I know your family and friends will rave about these pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting…mine do!

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
For bars:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin (one 15 ounce can)
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted to remove lumps
  • Candy pumpkins, optional, to garnish*
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly grease a 15 x 10 inch (jelly roll) pan.
  2. Stir flour, baking soda, spices and salt together and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat till smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix till well combined. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or till cake springs back when lightly touched in the middle or toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  5. Cool completely and frost. Garnish with candy pumpkins if desired.
  6. To make icing: beat all ingredients together till smooth.
Yield: 24 bars
Total time: 1½ hours if cooled in refrigerator
These freeze beautifully. You can make a half batch in an 8 x 8 inch pan, but start checking for doneness at the 20 minute mark.

More Pumpkin Recipes

Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

Pumpkin Loaf by Love and Confections

Lemongrass-Kissed Sankaya (Thai Pumpkin Custard) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting by The Spiffy Cookie

Pumpkin Peach Smoothie by Happy Food Healthy Life

Egg and Pumpkin Breakfast Cups by Curious Cuisiniere

Witches Eye Glass Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes by Lady Behind The Curtain

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree by Life Tastes Good

Pumpkin Orange Soup by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

Macaroni with Kale and Creamy Pumpkin Sauce by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Samosas by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter by My Catholic Kitchen

Pumpkin Scones by Making Miracles

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Pajama Chef

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies by That’s My Home

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oatmeal by Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Pumpkin Week Logo

*P.S. I found the cute little Wilton pumpkins made of royal icing at Target.


  1. ohhh.. your pumpkin bars look delicious! I love how you decorated them!

  2. Pumpkin week! How fun! I love your pumpkin bars with the cream cheese frosting. Perfect combination and with the cute candy pumpkin on top… surely irresistible!!!

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    They look perfect Liz! Lovin’ your cute little pumpkin decorations too:@)

  4. These pumpkin bars look so cute and moist.. yummy!

  5. Liz!!! I love these pumpkin bars!! Darn it, how did I miss pumpkin week?!!! will visit all the fabulous links above!! love this!

  6. Oh heavens! These bars!!! WOW!!! I was reading your post and wondering why I had started drooling – and now I know – THESE bars!!!! WOW!!!

  7. Those are gorgeous!! They look SO delicious! Yumm!

  8. Miss Messy says:

    Cream cheese frosting makes everything better, even my fingers 😉 these look fantastic!

  9. These bars look fabulous, and I bet they taste as good as they look. I love the little pumpkin decorations too! I found some cute ones at Walmart that I will be using soon. Thanks for joining this week. Can’t wait to see your other recipes!

  10. Those little pumpkins you found are adorable and your bars sound luscious.

  11. you really can’t go wrong with pumpkin and cream cheese! I’d love to try these out this pumpkin season… and throughout the year!

  12. Yayyy for pumpkin week {except I think it should at least get an entire month :}
    Your pumpkin bars look killer!

  13. Adorable!! I was wondering where you got the mini pumpkin decorations. Thanks for including that. Always love your recipes, Liz. Thanks for sharing with #PumpkinWeek.

  14. Oh wow loving these pumpkin bars, I am sure they carry their killer name well (perfect for halloween too). Looking forward to the other pumpkin recipes.

  15. That frosting looks so perfect atop your pumpkin bars!

  16. Your pumpkin bars look divine, love that layer of cream cheese frosting!

  17. Love these and the cute pumpkins on top, amazing!

  18. Liz – absolutely stunningly amazingly beautiful bars; wish I had one of those for dessert tonight 🙂

  19. KC the Kitchen Chopper says:

    I love cream cheese frosting on anything. Pumpkin cake must be luscious! Pinned

  20. Very pretty, Liz! Love the white and orange contrast. I like that it is moist!

    Gourmet Getaways

  21. Hi Liz, love these pumpkin bars, cream cheese frosting is the best!

  22. They look like absolute perfection! And how cute are those pumpkins on top?

  23. I saw these on facebook or instagram and instantly fell in love.

  24. These look AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to try them out… Those little pumpkins on the top are too cute. Now sure I will be able to get them in Australia though… I will have to do a google search. Thanks for sharing! Liz x

  25. Oh my goodness, the frosting looks absolutely perfect! I love this!

  26. For me, every week can be a pumpkin week as I am crazy for them! These bars look heavenly with that thick layer of cream cheese frosting, Liz.

  27. Wow! I was just reeling over the pumpkin bars and cream cheese frosting which are truly dazzling….And then you mention pumpkin scones….Same time, same Skinny channel, right?

  28. Pumpkin week?! Count me in–I’ll feast with my eyes all day, every day! Love this share and can’t wait for the rest of your treats, Liz!

  29. These are so pretty and they look so good for this time of year. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the perfect cream cheese frosting xx

  30. Super delicious bars!!
    I love also your presentation.

  31. Liz, these pumpkin bars look so moist and delicious! I know they’d be a hit with my family! I’m adding them to my to do list! Thanks so much for sharing! Love the nickname 🙂

  32. Yay for pumpkin week! Can’t wait to see everything. These bars look amazing! Love the cream cheese frosting!

  33. These bars look amazing! Your pictures are gorgeous. My kids love all things pumpkin, so I know they will love this!

  34. Oh my gosh! I love pumpkin bars! I could just devour this!

  35. This recipe looks delicious. I love how perfect each square is, and a perfect amount of frosting Too. Love pumpkin recipes like yours, so addicting! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  36. These are such a cute pumpkin bars…I love how you decorated them!

  37. Your husband is seriously missing out. I am certain these would leave pumpkin pie in their dust 🙂

  38. You’re singin’ my pumpkin tune! Next year, please be sure to invite me to the pumpkin party 🙂

  39. These pumpkin bars look so wonderful 😀
    Delicious and soft and crumby, I need a bite!

    Choc Chip Uru

  40. Lizzy,
    I love cream cheese frosting and pumpkin bread, so these are right up my alley.

  41. I’ve only made one pumpkin treat so far and I think I’m due for another one. Thank you ma’am!

  42. Can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious… thanks for sharing my recipe for the cookies.

  43. One of my all time fave. bars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUMMMMMM xx

  44. I totally understand why these are known as killer bars wow I so want one right now! They look beautiful 😀

  45. Oh these are so pretty, Lizzy! I must try these 😀 😀 😀



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