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pumpkin bars

Homemade Pumpkin Bars

These Pumpkin Bars are the ultimate Fall dessert! A simple and tender pumpkin spice cake, topped with warm brown butter icing that you pour over the top of the warm cake once it comes out of the oven! It's addicting and will become your new obsession. It's *THAT* good.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin bars, pumpkin cake, pumpkin dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 323kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


For the cake:

For the icing:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a lightly colored half sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, yogurt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla until mostly smooth. A few small lumps of brown sugar is fine.
  • Pour in flour and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared baking sheet and smooth the top as best as you can. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted.
  • After cake has come out of the oven, make the glaze/icing: melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. As it continues to cook, it should start to foam, smell nutty and you should see little brown specks appear. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts if desired. Pour hot icing over warm cake and spread to smooth the top.
  • Let cake come to room temperature or cool at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving. I mean, you can totally eat this hot, but I prefer it lukewarm or at room temp.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 91mg | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg