The Dish | Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

If someone asks you to bring a dessert this fall – here it is! These bars are a great alternative to a cake.  They are a delicious dish to serve on your Halloween or Thanksgiving dessert buffet. 


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • 8 ounce container of whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • nutmeg for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 13×10 baking pan.  
  • Using electric mixer on medium speed, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. 
  • In another bowl whisk all dry ingredients together. 
  • Add dry ingredients to to pumpkin  mixture on low speed until combined and batter is smooth. 
  • Spread batter evenly into greased pan and bake 30-35 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

To make the icing:

  • Combine the cream cheese and the butter in a medium bowl and with an electric mixer mix until smooth. 
  • Add the sugar and mix on low speed until well combined, stir in vanilla and mix again. 
  • Spread on cooled pumpkin bars and dust with nutmeg.  Cut into bars and serve.

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