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5 from 3 votes

The BEST Pumpkin Bars

The BEST Pumpkin Bars EVER! Exploding with amazing flavor and topped with a dusting of pumpkin pie spice and loads of delicious brown butter cream cheese frosting - perfect for a crowd! Tender, moist and one of those pumpkin recipes you'll find yourself making again and again.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bars
Servings: 20
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs , room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup applesauce (could also use vegetable oil)
  • 15 oz can pumpkin , pure pumpkin NOT pumpkin pie filling

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 15 x10 jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Stir in eggs, applesauce, and pumpkin until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and use an offset spatula to evenly spread making sure to get into corners.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate until ready to frost.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Heat butter in a small saucepan over low heat until completely melted. Continue heating, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown in color. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Combine cooled brown butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and continue beating until incorporated.
  • Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Spread frosting on cooled pumpkin bars.
  • Sprinkle bars with additional pumpkin pie spice, cut into squares, and serve.



Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3655IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.2mg