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Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars

I made these for a church function once and they turned out to be a big hit. There was barely a crumb left on the platter after everyone dug in. I love this dessert because it tastes light, smooth, and nutty. —Kim Chambers, Laurelton, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in oats and pecans. Reserve 1 cup for topping.
  • Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, spices and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Serve within 2 hours or refrigerate, covered.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 196 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Lorilyn
    Nov 17, 2019

    Thank you so much for sharing this one. My mom used to make these. She passed away a few years ago, and although she gave me LOTS of her recipes, this is one I missed. Such a comfort food for me, in so many ways. The smell almost brings her back. :) Bless you and YUM!!!

  • karen
    Nov 9, 2019

    Baking now and smells divine. It makes a lot. Anybody know if these freeze well?

  • Kathleen
    Nov 5, 2019

    Delicious! Everyone loved them. I baked them about 10 minutes longer than recipe called for.

  • Debra
    Oct 31, 2019

    No comment left

  • Fernbend
    Nov 24, 2017

    Made these exactly to recipe (which is what I always do before posting a review) and they turned out great and were a big hit at Thanksgiving. Loved the unusual spices. They were even better the next day. Thank you Kim!

  • ErinRobb
    Feb 2, 2014

    Blah! That is all I have to say.....never making again!

  • violetcharity
    Dec 8, 2013

    Made these for a church potluck and they were gone in like 5 minutes. I was asked to share the recipe.I have made traditional pumpkin bars for years for my family and now these are their favorite.

  • whats2eat
    Nov 28, 2013

    I didn't have cardamom on hand but made these anyway, was disappointed, not much flavor, half the pan went to waste, maybe cardamom would have made a big difference.

  • linsvin
    Nov 15, 2013

    These were very good and I liked the change of using a little cardamom. Cardamom is a very expensive spice but it gives just the right flavor to these wonderful tasting bars.

  • LindaS_WI
    Oct 30, 2013

    I've made these bars a couple of times, slightly tweaking the recipe each time, just because I can't help myself. As is it's fantastic, but I've also used mashed sweet potatoes and they're equally delicious. I've also eliminated the spices and used orange zest for a "cleaner" flavor and everyone loved that, too. Lots of options and they all taste great.