Pumpkin Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting

Deedee Crotzer: "It turned out great I even made the frosting and…" Read More


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk (plus more if needed)
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium18% DV440mg
    Fat65% DV42g
    Protein14% DV7g
    Carbs40% DV121g
    Fiber12% DV3g
    Calories880Calories from Fat380
    Total Fat42g65%
    Saturated Fat26g130%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat380
    Total Carbohydrate121g40%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A200%
    Vitamin C4%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Good Day 17 days ago
    Wish I had read the reviews instead of going by the star rating. Bars consistency was fine but the taste was definitely bland. Frosting taste was good. But a whole lot of butter in the whole recipe. Doubt I'd make again.
    Siegel 20 days ago
    It was ok. They are easy to make but a little bland in taste to me. I do think it needed more spice. I would have added some ginger, more clove, and some allspice.
    Deedee Crotzer a month ago
    It turned out great I even made the frosting and it goes so well together
    Ken a month ago
    The icing was delicious (so much butter!), though very sweet. The bars were too soggy and gummy for my taste and not what I was expecting. Maybe I should have baked them longer, though the recipe warned not to overbake and they tested as done. If I ever try them again, I might try adding more flour or some baking powder to make it more cake-like, as shown in the photo. Maybe less butter would help, as this was a lot of butter for the amount of batter. Note that I doubled the recipe and used a 9x13" pan, though I don't think that hurt anything.
    Melissa Chew a month ago
    The bars themselves were a bit bland...although I loved the texture, I added more cinnamon. The icing was disgustingly sweet. It was so sweet, every one of my guests were scraping it off.
    Bob M. 2 months ago
    Very yummy! Made it twice in one week!
    FlawlessCulinaire 2 months ago
    fantastic! Couldn't eat just one.
    Yummly User 2 months ago
    Outstanding, everyone loved them. Recipe was simple to make.
    Brandon Spence 2 months ago
    very sweet, frosting was out of this world. kids ate em up. took a bit though to prepare. overall will make again
    Heidi's Beauty Bash 3 months ago
    they smelled delicious :)
    Allen 3 months ago
    I increased the flour a little and added extra leavening to ensure they would be nice and fluffy. These are amazing!
    Stephanie 6 months ago
    It turned out just like the picture.
    Helen Jo Schaller 10 months ago
    So yummy! Cake was wonderful. My husband and daughter were fighting over who would lick the beaters! Lol
    Faith Gubanche a year ago
    the frosting was a bit too sweet.
    Tamara S. a year ago
    These were ok. A little doughy for us but the icing was good.
    Rhonda Wiley a year ago
    Awesome!!!!! Highly recommend! And easy too.
    blue a year ago
    So good! I didn’t wait long enough for the cake to cool before putting on the frosting but they still taste amazing!
    Weborg a year ago
    Delicious! Came out exactly the way the instructions said it would. Made it for Thanksgiving and it was a hit.
    Sally a year ago
    Very disappointed. texture was similar to a pancake. Did not rise well. Not great taste
    Cindy B. a year ago
    I will make this again. Everyone thought it was very good I thought the icing was delicious and the bar part was ok- it needed some more flavor
    Alex Myers a year ago
    Doubled the recipe to use the full can of pumpkin (I know canned isn’t as good) and it turned out amazing! I didn’t have the patience to sift 3 cups of powdered sugar so threw everything in at once and I mixed the frosting in my ninja blender, worked great! These were pretty sweet and I might tone down the frosting next time, but only because I care about my sugar intake... all in all I will make these for my next game night!
    Nikki a year ago
    Very nice! I should have heeded advice and doubled the recipe, will be gone too soon!
    Mab a year ago
    Not good! It looks like a cake when is not baked enough,. I was waiting for a soft cake, like a coffee cake. Maybe is missing baking powder in this recipe.
    Terri a year ago
    Omg! Ahhhhhmazing recipe! Do yourself a favour.....double it! No question....it’s a 10/10! Will definitely make again. Not fudgey at all as one reviewer stated. It’s like a thick cake but with perfect everything!!
    Lisa Holder a year ago
    These are absolutely delicious! Easy to make. I doubled the recipe snd used self rising flour instead.
    Angelia a year ago
    Absolutely delicious
    Sherri O a year ago
    Wonderful! I doubled the recipe and used 2 8x8 pans. I put my cream cheese icing from a pumpkin roll recipe on one pan and made 3/4 recipe of the brown sugar icing (minus 1 T of brown sugar) for the other. Both were a success!! The pumpkin bars are just right - dense but not heavy, almost like a fudge brownie but pumpkiny. This definitely goes in my Family Recipes cookbook!!!
    Lolita V. a year ago
    OMG! What a great recipe! We grow pumpkins in our garden, so I make my own puree and usually freeze it then take it out when I'm ready to use it. Since it was time for me to use the last of the purees from last fall, I thought I would give this recipe a try! WOW! Great texture on the bars and the frosting it to die for! Thank you so much for the recipe - this is a keeper and I will put it in my files for future!
    Kathy a year ago
    This was delicious. I will make this again!!!
    Jess a year ago
    Pretty good. The bars themselves are thick, more fudge-like than cake-like. I only used 1 cup of confectioners sugar instead of 1.5 cups because I don’t like my icing super sweet.