Spicy Pumpkin Bars

Spicy Pumpkin Bars from Pillsbury™ Baking

Tags: Bars, Dessert/Sweets

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Ready Time: 135 min
  • Yield: 48 bars


  • Pillsbury™ Baking Spray with Flour


  • 1 cup Pillsbury BEST™ Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 48 pumpkin shaped candies (optional)

Preparation Directions

  • HEAT oven to 350°F. Spray 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan with flour no-stick cooking spray.
  • COMBINE all bar ingredients in large bowl; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Spread in prepared pan.
  • BAKE 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
  • COMBINE cream cheese and butter in small bowl; blend well. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and enough milk for desired spreading consistency; beat until smooth. Frost cooled bars. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired. Top each bar with a pumpkin candy, if desired. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

High Altitude (above 3500 ft.):

  • INCREASE all purpose flour to 1 1/3 cups; decrease baking powder to 1 teaspoon. Bake as directed above.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1/48), Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 35), Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 80mg, Total Carbohydrate 25g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 19g), Protein 1g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

* Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.