I love everything pumpkin, and I can’t resist these soft and moist Pumpkin Bars infused with the rich flavours of autumn, topped with a generous spread of luscious cream cheese frosting. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Preparation time: 12 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 37 minutes
For the Bars
250g All-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1½ tsp cinnamon, 3 large eggs, ⅔ cup vegetable oil, 220g brown sugar, 50g granulated sugar, 425g pumpkin puree, ¼ cup full fat milk, and 2 tsp vanilla extract.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
115g Unsalted butter at room temperature, 225g cream cheese at room temperature, 360g confectioners sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Preheat your oven to 175°C. Grease a 10 x 15 inch baking pan, or line it with parchment paper, you’ll want to have enough paper over the edges so you can easily remove the bars after cooking.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon, then set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, oil, brown and granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, milk, and vanilla extract until fully combined and smooth. Then, pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and use either a mixer or a whisk until combined, the batter will be thick.
Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and spread it into an even layer. Bake until the center springs back when it’s gently pressed, approximately 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and place your pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl, beat unsalted butter and cream cheese until smooth, then add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract, and, using an electric mixer, mix until creamy and smooth. Tip: Place the cheese frosting in the fridge for 30 minutes so it ‘sets’ a little and is easier to use and cut; however, you don’t have to do this.
When the base has cooled completely, carefully remove it from the pan, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top, and dust lightly with cinnamon and any preferred sprinkles. Cut into even bars, serve, and enjoy!
For more information and expert tips see https://www.splashoftaste.com/pumpkin-bars/
Want to make your own supply of pumpkin pie spice? See https://www.splashoftaste.com/pumpkin-pie-spice/
Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3041IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.