#10DaysofTailgate: Pumpkin Bars

These frosted spiced pumpkin bars are always a hit!

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The best recipes always come from moms and grandmas, right? Though this recipe for pumpkin bars isn’t my mom’s original recipe, she is the one who introduced me to them. These pumpkin bars are the pumpkin bars of your dreams, people! They are SO good and relatively easy. What makes these pumpkin bars utterly delicious is their texture, I think. I hate when recipes are called “bars” but they’re really a sheet cake. These bars aren’t cakey but they aren’t as fudgy as brownies either. They are moist, gooey, buttery, and oh so indulgent! Healthy they are not, so if you’re searching for that, sorry but you’re outta luck.🙂 The creamy frosting on top is sweet but not over the top, and provides the perfect creamy topping to a sweet, pumpkin spiced bar.

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Though I’m sharing this recipe for a tailgating event, these bars would be equally at home at a bridal shower, potluck, or your Thanksgiving dinner table. Frosting always makes sweets look fancier, I think! They’re on the of the first pumpkin desserts I made in my Tennessee kitchen last fall and they’re one of my favorite fall desserts. I hope you like them as much as my family does!

three years ago: Honey Lime Fruit Salad
four years ago: Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

Pumpkin Bars

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 50 minutes
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courtesy Patty Ronning as adapted by Paula Deen


for bars

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

for icing

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.

With an electric mixer [stand or otherwise], beat together eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until fluffy. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda. Gradually add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture. Mix on low until batter is smooth.

Bake for 30 minutes, then cool completely before frosting.

When ready to make frosting, beat cream cheese and butter together with a mixer until smooth. Slowly add the sugar, mixing on low until combined. Stir in vanilla, frost, and cut into bars.

Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…
Diablo’d Cheesy Bacon-Onion Pinwheel Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Spiced Kofta with Carrot Karma Yogurt Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Chicken Skewers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate
Grilled Parsley Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
Grilled Vegetables by Summer Scraps
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef

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