Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I should have added “To Die For” to the title of this blog post, because seriously these pumpkin bars are that good. They are moist and soft with a maple cream cheese frosting that puts them over the top. I think I like these even a little more than my pumpkin cream cheese muffins.

These pumpkin bars are exactly what I envision when I close my eyes and think of Fall. Add to that picture a cozy blanket and a cup of chai tea and this girl’s in paradise. I am so ready to say goodbye to the 90 degree temps, hopefully sometime this month. I’ll be doing a whole lot more fall baking when it does.

This maple cream cheese frosting is AMAZING!

Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m kind of excited about sharing this with you, because these are the first pictures taken with my new camera. I still have a lot of settings, bells and whistles to figure out, but am very happy with these initial shots. What do you think?

My Mom, Laura, suggested we add some sugared pecans to the tops of the pumpkin bars and it was totally the right call. I love that bit of crunch that they add. This recipe is perfect for a big crowd. When baked in a large jelly roll size pan, you can easily get 24 large bars. It’s a rather rich dessert, so you could get away with cutting smaller pieces and doubling that number.

Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I was feeling a bit under the weather last week, and must say that making these pumpkin bars with maple cream cheese frosting has certainly brightened my mood. How could they not?

The frosting has just a hint of the maple flavor. I was afraid to put too much maple syrup into the frosting, lest ruin the consistency. If you’re looking for a stronger maple flavor, I recommend adding a little maple extract in addition to the maple syrup. Not too much though.

Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

4 eggs
2 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1/2 nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon

For the Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together together oil, eggs, sugar and pumpkin.

Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.

Pour mixture into a greased 12 x 17 jelly roll pan.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and powdered sugar; continue beating until well combined and smooth.

Spread frosting evenly over pumpkin bars, and cut into squares.

Optionally, top with candied pecans.

Candied Pecans: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 12 inch skillet. Add 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, stir and cook over medium heat until it begins to bubble and sugar is dissolved. Add pecans, toss and stir for about two minutes. Spread pecans on a parchment lined cookie sheet in a single layer, bake at 350 for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

Inspired by a recipe found at Farm Flavor.

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  1. Tammy S says

    Wow! You had me at the name of these. I love the idea that the frosting has a little maple to it. I think it would make a great addition to the cream cheese frosting. Thank for the recipe.

  2. Julie Wood says

    These Pumpkin Bars with maple cream cheese frosting looks so delicious. What a great Fall dessert to have and I am going to make these soon. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. says

    These look delicious! The flavor combination of maple with pumpkin makes me crave colorful leaves and cozy sweaters! Pumpkin needs to be a year round flavor!

  4. courtney b says

    i saw this on your facebook and came here to see the recipe. i think this would be perfect for thanksgiving dinner!

  5. Nicole says

    YUM! Just in time for the start of fall too! Pumpkin is my favorite! Awesome treat the whole family will love. Looks awesome!

  6. Rebecca Swenor says

    I would love to try this recipe without the cream cheese because I don’t like cream cheese. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jana Williams says

    This is the Perfect Dessert for Autumn and Who Doesn’t Love Cream Cheese? I Love Cream Cheese Frosting and I Love Pumpkin so I Know I Would Devour this! Great Recipe! Have a Blessed Day! Jana

  8. says

    While I love the flavor of pumpkin anything…I’m betting I’d be having a spoon in that frosting and just be eating it out of the bowl! Those are perfect for fall.

  9. Barrie says

    Oh my gosh…you’re killing me! I love pumpkin bars and use a regular cream cheese frosting but I so have to try your maple frosting!

  10. Eliz Frank says

    I love pumpkin season and all the wonderful dishes we can make with it. Your bars look both divine and satisfying.

  11. lisa says

    I pinned this recipe to try later. There’s something about cooler weather and pumpkin. They just go together, and I’m always looking for new ways to cook with it. Thanks!

  12. says

    You had me at pumpkin bars but then you added a blanket and a cup of chai tea. Oh I am ready. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  13. says

    Oh, my goodness! These sound amazing! I love the addition of the maple syrup in the frosting! I’d be thrilled if you shared this at my Creative Ways Link Party that just went live tonight. Hope to see you there!

  14. says

    Very indulging and totally delicious, especially the frosting! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

  15. Sandy Cain says

    “To Die For” is right, that SHOULD have been the title of this post. Perfect for this time of year, these are going on my to-do (and to-devour!) list right now! Woo-hoo!

  16. Deborah W. says

    These bars look and sound delicious. My mouth waters just looking at them. I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks!

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