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Pumpkin Bars served on white plates with whipped cream and cinnamon

Pumpkin Bars

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Buttery Pumpkin Bars are my favorite Thanksgiving dessert. Think you love pumpkin pie? Wait till you try my grandma's recipe for the most incredible pumpkin dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Dessert Squares, pumpkin pie bars
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 20 bars
Calories 250
Author Kim



  • 1 box yellow cake mix (1 cup reserved)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


  • 3 cups (1 lb. 14 ozs.) Libby's pumpkin pie mix*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk (any milk works)


  • 1 cup reserved cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Rheddi-wip, Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream, optional for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Combine the ingredients for the crust; in a medium mixing bowl. Use a large spoon to spread the crust into the bottom of the baking pan or press it evenly with your fingers.
  • Combine the ingredients for the filling; in a medium mixing bowl. Pour filling over crust and spread out evenly.
  • Combine the ingredients for the topping; in a small mixing bowl and sprinkle evenly over filling.
  • Bake dessert at 350ºF for 45 to 50 mins.
  • Allow dessert to cool for about 20 minutes and then store in the fridge (at least 3-4 hours) before serving.
  • Bars will be tasty at room temperature, but are best served COLD with some type of whipped topping.


I use Pillsbury brand yellow cake mix.
FOR GLUTEN FREE, choose a gluten free boxed cake mix.
FOR DAIRY FREE, use a vegan butter, such as Earth Balance. Also, use a non dairy milk, such as almond milk.
*This is not the same as canned pumpkin purée. Be sure to read the label and make sure your can is listed as "pumpkin pie mix".
Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.4g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27.8mg | Sodium: 307.9mg | Potassium: 0.8mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3765IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.9mg