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Perfect Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

    These pumpkin bars are made with pumpkin puree and fall spices, then topped with cream cheese frosting. Easy to make and the perfect dessert for fall!

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

    Have you tried baking with whole wheat pastry flour yet? It is the! All of the goodness of whole wheat but much lighter – perfect for cookies, muffins, cakes, and more.

    adding pumpkin batter to pan
    Liz Spreading Batter

    Today’s recipe is perfect for Fall and great use of extra pumpkin you might have sitting in the house after Thanksgiving.

    Liz Making Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars

    Only have a 32 oz can? Save the leftovers and use them all week long in my Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia

    swirling cream cheese into pumpkin batter

    The secret to these moist and flavorful pumpkin bars is a rich and creamy cream cheese frosting that is swirled in the batter before baking.

    Liz Spreading Cream Cheese

    Another secret ingredient is shredded carrots! Not only do they add extra vitamins and nutrients but the shredded carrots keep the batter super light and moist.

    Easy Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars

    The end result is a pumpkin bar scented with warm fall spices and dotted with cream cheese frosting.

    Liz Eating Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

    What is your favorite way to use leftover pumpkin?? I’d love to hear from you.

    plated pumpkin bars

    No forks required.

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

    Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

    5 stars average
    These pumpkin bars are made with pumpkin puree and fall spices, then topped with cream cheese frosting. Easy to make and the perfect dessert for fall!
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 30 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
    Servings: 48 Bars


    Cream Cheese Topping:

    • 4 oz light cream cheese
    • ¼ c sugar
    • 1 tbs skim milk


    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 15 x 10 jelly roll pan with non-stick butter spray.
    • In a small bowl, wisk together flour, spices, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
    • In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter substitute with an electric mixer on high until crumbly.
    • With mixer on medium, slowly add eggs one at a time.
    • Continue mixing and add pumpkin and carrots.
    • Add flour mixture to the wet mixture until well combined.
    • Pour into jelly roll pan.
    • In a small bowl, wisk together cream cheese, sugar and milk until smooth.
    • Drop teaspoon-fulls of topping over pumpkin batter and swirl and cut mixture into batter with a butter knife.
    • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Cool in pan completely on wire rack before cutting into squares.


    Modified from Fit Sugar


    Serving: 1pieceCalories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1652IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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    1. I just finished making this recipe,baked it 9×13 because I I don’t have a jelly roll pan. Can the finished bar be frozen? Also it’s tanking longer to bake in my pan because it’s thicker. Smells devine

    2. I substituted the flour for coconut flour (sifted) the sugar for swerve and the sugar in the frosting for swerve confectionery sugar. Added some vanilla extract to the frosting. Left out carrots.

    3. This pumpkin bar recipe knocked my socks off. I usually make the same pumpkin bread every year but I wanted to try something different with pumpkin. It is moist and has great flavor from all the spices and the cream cheese was perfect and didn’t over power the pumpkin. The hubby loved it. I gave him a fork with his piece and he said I don’t need a fork.

    4. I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought I was all set to make it, but I didn’t purchase whole wheat pastry flour, but regular whole wheat flour. I couldn’t find the pastry flour at my store. I am new to cooking in a more healthy manner. Will my flour make it too dense and not even worth trying?

      1. Regular whole wheat flour is fine but I definitely suggest trying whole wheat pastry flour if you’re in to healthy baking! It makes pancakes, muffins, breads, cookies, etc. much lighter but still has plenty of protein and fiber. Good luck let me know!

        1. I did end up going half and half. My two-year-old had a blast dumping in ingredients for me! I used a metal 9×13 pan because I didn’t have a jelly roll pan so it was more like cake, but was so moist and delicious! I also used pumpkin my husband had cooked from fresh and had been in the freezer since last fall. It thawed wonderfully and worked very well. I will keep looking for the pastry flour. Thank you!!

          1. Oh I’m so impressed you used fresh pumpkin!! So glad you enjoyed it – we will be making this again soon!!! BTW a jelly roll pan is just a fancy term for a baking sheet or cookie pan with sides. :)

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