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glazed pumpkin bars

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Kathy Carlson
Roseville CA to San Diego, CA

Everyone asks for this recipe, and it's November, so... These stay moist forever!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These pumpkin bars should have a warning label because we couldn't stop eating them! They are rich, moist, and melt in your mouth. The cake part has just enough pumpkin spice without being overpowering. It'll be hard to wait until these finish baking because the smell from the oven is amazing. The glaze is the real star. It's sweet and forms a sugary crust when placed under the broiler. We added the pecans and loved the crunch. This is so good that it may even convert non-pumpkin lovers.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 1
serves 9 x 13 pan cut into 20 bars
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For glazed pumpkin bars

  • 1 1/2 c
    canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 c
    canola oil
  • 1/4 c
  • 3 lg
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/3 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    toasted, chopped pecans (optional)

How To Make glazed pumpkin bars

Test Kitchen Tips
Every oven is different. Ours took 28 minutes to bake, so we'd suggest checking at 20 minutes.
  • Pumpkin, oil, milk, and eggs in a large bowl.
    Combine canned pumpkin, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
  • Dry ingredients sifted in a bowl.
    Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Wet and dry ingredients mixed together.
    Mix until wet and dry ingredients combined.
  • Batter poured into a 9x13 baking dish.
    Pour into sprayed 9 X 13 pan.
  • Baked pumpkin bars in a pan.
    Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until springs back when touched in center.
  • Glaze with nuts added to a bowl.
    While they bake prepare glaze in a small bowl. Add nuts now if desired. (I sometimes do 1/2 with nuts for potlucks.)
  • Adding glaze to top of baked pumpkin bars.
    After bars are done baking, spoon glaze over top.
  • Placing bars under the broiler.
    Convert to broil. CAREFULLY (!!!!) broil bars until bubbly and beginning to brown.
  • Pumpkin bars once they come out of the broiler.
    Cool. Cut. Give or share or pig out! Refrigerate for next day.