Betsy’s Best Pumpkin Bars


pumpkin bar recipe. Des Moines MomWe have reached the season of everything pumpkin: pumpkin bars, bread, pies, lattes, etc.

I’ll admit, the second the weather turns cool or I see a leaf turn yellow, I pull out my go-to recipe for pumpkin bars. They have become so popular that I make them for any and every get together in the fall.

Once I find a recipe my family loves, it gets the label of “Betsy’s Best.” So give my Betsy’s Best pumpkin bars a try, and let me know what you think.

pumpkin barsBetsy’s Best Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 C sugar
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Set out cream cheese and butter to soften.
  3. Using mixer at medium speed, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin until light and fluffy.
  4. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. 
  5. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
  6. Spread batter into greased 13×9 inch baking pan.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before frosting.


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  3. Frost bars evenly.


Looking for more delicious pumpkin treats? Check out our guide to pumpkin flavors in Des Moines.

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Betsy Hemesath
Betsy is a stay at home mom to two handsome, energetic boys and a sweet baby girl. Most days are spent chasing after little boys, reading books, and playing superheroes, but she loves spending any extra time she can painting, cooking, writing, listening to music or audiobooks, or being outside. After years of infertility and now as a mom through both adoption and IVF, Betsy loves connecting with, supporting, and advocating for those on their own personal journey with infertility or adoption. Follow her family’s story and connect with her on Instagram @betsydearnoone.


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