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How to Make Pumpkin Bars

Three Parts:

Pumpkin bars are a popular Fall treat, but they can be served at any time during the year. They are typically served with cream cheese frosting, but you can also serve them with a tasty, spiced glaze instead. Whichever version you choose to make, you are bound to end up with something truly delicious!


Pumpkin Bars

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups (450 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15-ounce/425-gram) pumpkin purée
  • 2 cups (200 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

Cream Cheese Icing (Option 1)

  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups (250 grams) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon, for dusting (optional)
  • 1 cup (125 grams) walnuts (optional)

Spiced Glaze (Option 2)

  • 2 cups (250 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch each of: cloves, nutmeg, and ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ to 2½ tablespoons (22.5 to 37.5 milliliters) warm water


Making the Bars

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).Make sure that the baking rack is in the middle of the oven.
  2. Beat the eggs until they turn pale and foamy.This will allow the other ingredients to mix in more evenly later on. You can use a handheld mixer, a stand mixer, or a food processor fitted with whisks to do this.
  3. Mix in the sugar, oil, and pumpkin purée.Beat everything together on a medium speed setting until the color and texture are even. This will take about 2 minutes.
    • Make sure that you are usingplaincanned pumpkin, andnotthe pumpkin pie filling.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.Continue beating on a low speed setting for another minute or so.If you are using a handheld mixer, be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. If you are using a food processor, you may have to pause it every so often, and scrape any unblended mixture down the sides.
    • For a more complex flavor, add ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves.
  5. Spread the batter in a lightly-greased baking pan.Lightly grease the bottom and sets of a jelly roll pan. Something that is 15 by 10 by 1-inch (38.1 by 25.4 by 2.54-centimeter) would be ideal. Next, pour the batter into the baking pan. Use a rubber spatula to help guide the mixture into the pan. If you get any residue in the bowl, use the spatula to scrape it into the pan.
  6. Bake the pumpkin bars for 25 to 30 minutes.The pumpkin bars are ready when they turn golden brown on top, and a toothpick poked into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Cool the pumpkin bars on a wire cooling rack for 2 hours.Do not remove them from the pan and do not cut them. They must be completely cool before you frost them.

Making Cream Cheese Icing (Option 1)

  1. Mix together the cream cheese, vanilla extract, and butter.You can do this using a handheld mixer, a stand mixer, or a good processor fitted with whisks. Use a low speed setting, and keep mixing until everything turns smooth.
    • For a twist, use 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of maple syrup instead of vanilla extract.
  2. Beat in the confectioners' sugar 1 cup (125 grams) at a time.Keep using a low speed setting, and beat the mixture well after each cup (125 grams) of sugar that you add.
  3. Test the consistency and flavor of the icing.The icing should be soft and easy to spread. If it is too soft or too hard for you, however, you'll have to make some adjustments. Listed below are some tips and suggestions. After you make your additions, beat the icing well. Keep in mind that the icing will set up a little after you spread it.
    • If the icing is too thin, add up to ½ cup (65 grams) of confectioners' sugar.
    • If the icing is too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 milliliters) of milk.For a richer frosting, use half-and-half instead.
    • If the icing is too sweet, add ⅛ teaspoon of salt.
  4. Us a rubber spatula to spread a thick layer of icing over the pumpkin bars.Again, do not cut the bars just yet. Simply spread the icing over the top, going from edge to edge. When you are done, you can smooth the icing down further, or smack it with the spatula to great a nice texture.
  5. Add some extra flavor or texture.Your pumpkin bars are done at this point, but you can shake a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on top for more color and flavor.You can also scatter up to 1 cup (125 grams) of chopped walnuts on top instead.
  6. Wait for the icing to set, then cut the sheet into bars.Once the bars are cut, you can take them out of the pan and serve them. Cover and store any left over pumpkin bars in the fridge, or the icing will get too soft.

Making Spiced Glaze (Option 2)

  1. Mix together the confectioners' sugar and spices in a large bowl.Measure out the confectioners' sugar, and put it into a large mixing bowl. Add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 pinch of each of the following: cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix the ingredients briskly together until evenly combined.
    • Sift the sugar first to break up any clumps.
  2. Stir in the melted butter, vanilla extract, and 1½ (22.5 milliliters) of water.Stir everything briskly together using a whisk. Be sure to break up any clumps and to scrape the bottom and the sides of the bowl so that everything gets mixed.
  3. Test the consistency.The glaze should be thin enough to pour over the top of your baked pumpkin bars, but not so thin that it is like water. If the glaze is too thick, add 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of water.If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioners' sugar. Be sure to stir the glaze well after each addition.
  4. Pour the glaze on top of the bars.Do not take the bars out of the pan. Simply pour the glaze over the top in an even layer.
  5. Wait 1 hour for the glaze to set, then cut the bars.Take them out of the pan, and serve them on a plate. If you have any leftovers, cover them with a sheet of plastic wrap, and store them in the fridge.

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  • Store any leftovers in the fridge. Keep them in an airtight container, or cover them with plastic wrap.
  • Cream cheese icing is the most traditional, but spiced glaze is also tasty. Try one or the other.
  • Pumpkin bars are a popular Fall treat, but they can be served any time of the year.
  • Sprinkle some ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or chopped walnuts on top of your pumpkin bars for extra flavor or texture.

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