Forget pumpkin pie, try these pumpkin bars from Taste of Home this Thanksgiving

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Put a spin on the ubiquitous fall flavor of pumpkin pie with these pumpkin bars from Taste of Home.

With cream cheese icing and snack-sized portions, you might find yourself craving the traditional Turkey Day treat all year-round.

Pumpkin Bars


4 large eggs, room temperature

1 2/3 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

15-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

For the icing:

6-ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons whole milk

(MORE: Spice up your Thanksgiving with this pomegranate-glazed grilled turkey)


In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until well-blended.

Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

Pour into an ungreased 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

For icing, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.

Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yields about 2 dozen.

See Taste of Home's top 10 Thanksgiving recipes of all time here.

Editor's note: This was originally published on Nov. 22, 2019.

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