Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I had a bit of a panic moment last week when I thought I lost my husband’s grandmother’s pumpkin bar recipe. Every fall I make a batch of pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting to start off my holiday baking season. They’re so good I usually make them again around Thanksgiving. Truth be told I’d probably eat about anything with this homemade cream cheese frosting on it, but these pumpkin bars just happen to be a pretty tasty carrier.

Back to the missing recipe – when we repainted our kitchen cabinets last year, we had to move almost everything during the process. I distinctly remember making Todd’s grandma’s pumpkin bars last year but I could not for the life of me find the recipe when I went to look for it last week. I was a bit heartbroken after searching our house high and low. Not only is it the best pumpkin bar recipe that I’ve ever tasted, but I was fearful I lost a piece of my husband’s family’s history. A quick call to my mother-in-law saved the day. Not only did she have the recipe, but she had the hand-written version. As much as I love all things technology, there’s just something about seeing someone’s handwriting that can bring back so many memories. She also used the word “oleo” for margarine, which my grandmother did too.

Full recipe at the bottom of post. 


These are SO good. I’ve already polished off a whole row myself. Thank goodness these are going into the office tomorrow.

These pumpkin bars are a little more cake-like than truly bar-like, which I prefer. If you prefer a bar-like consistency, you can remove an egg and cut the baking soda and powder in half.  Most cans of pumpkin are about 1.5 cups. They’re better if you use the 2 cups of pumpkin, but I’ve made them several times with just one can and they turn out fine, just not quite as moist.



  1. Click on the post title to see the full post and the full recipe is at the bottom. Let me know if you have any issues.

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