The BEST Pumpkin Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

A super soft pumpkin spiced sheet cake topped with a delicious creamy topping. These are the absolute BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting! 

This dessert is everything I love about fall. The bars are soft, moist and loaded with pumpkin spice flavor. They might be my favorite of all time, although it’s a close race between these and my soft pumpkin cookies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

pumpkin bar with cream cheese frosting and a candy pumpkin on top

It’s the top time of the year…pumpkin time! One of my ALL time favorite pumpkin desserts is pumpkin bars! However, they must be super moist and fluffy with wealthy cream cheese frosting. Don’t obtain me wrong…I love everything pumpkin but these bars just seem to beat them all. If you’re looking for an simple homemade recipe from scratch – look no further!

I first got this recipe when I got married and have made them each year since then. They are a fall staple around our house. My kids love to decorate them with candy corn and pumpkins. You can always sprinkle a small cinnamon or nutmeg on top as well. Seriously so delicious!

pumpkin batter in bowl

How to make pumpkin bars

These pumpkin bars are simple to make and taste exactly delicious. Scroll down for the printable recipe.

  1. Prepare. Gather all your ingredients. Preheat the oven, butter your pan and set aside.
  2. Mix. Start mixing your ingredients together. I find that sifting the flour and spices together makes these bars extra fluffy. I also find not over-mixing the batter helps the pumpkin bars to stay kind and fluffy.
  3. Bake. Bake just until lightly browned. You do not want to burn them. Then allow them to cool and frost with the Trendy delicious cream cheese frosting (and try not to sneak a bite during the process!)

spreading cream cheese frosting on top of pumpkin bars

Baking tips

  • You can use a smaller 9×13″ pan for thicker bars if preferred. You’ll need to cook them longer, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Feel free to mix chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Add decorations on top like a candy pumpkin, candy corn or fall sprinkles.
  • Sometimes I sprinkle extra cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice on top for even more flavor.
  • I like to refrigerate the dessert before serving so that the frosting has time to set.

Storing + freezing

Cover the bars with a lid or plastic wrap. They’ll stay fresh for 3 to 4 days covered in the refrigerator. If you are planning on freezing them, I’d recommend freezing without the cream cheese frosting and then adding that fresh. Let the bars cool completely, then wrap and place in a freezer bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw until no longer frozen, then spread the frosting on top.

pumpkin bar with cream cheese frosting

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: pumpkin bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 35

Calories: 143

A super soft pumpkin spiced sheet cake topped with a delicious creamy topping. These are the absolute BEST pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting! 


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 16 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 15×10″ jelly roll pan and set aside.

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin just until combined. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined. Spread the batter in the greased pan.

  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick comes clean. Allow to cool.

  • For the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Then spread on top of the pumpkin bars with a spatula.

  • Slice into squares and enjoy!

You can also use a 9×13″ pan for a thicker bar. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 71mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2170IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg


jamielyn nye
Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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