Pumpkin Spice Bars With Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

Amy Manes
by Amy Manes
20 bars
35 min

Have you ever heard of pumpkin spice extract? Me neither! Until I found a unique product from Rodelle Vanilla called “Pumpkin Spice Extract”. It made the absolute perfect pumpkin spice bars! Not too much of one spice – just the perfect balance of warm cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin for an update on a somewhat classic fall treat! These bars are topped with Rodelle vanilla bean cream cheese frosting – I dare you to eat just one! My mom always makes these once the weather cools and fall hits, so they bring back so many nostalgic memories for me! Somehow, cozy pumpkin desserts can do that! I hope that these bars give you all of the cozy comforts of home that we all love so much during this time of year!

Pumpkin Spice Bars With Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe details
  • 20  bars
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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For the Bars
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1- 15 oz. can of pumpkin
  • 2 tsp Rodelle pumpkin spice extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
For the Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1- 8 oz. package of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp Rodelle vanilla bean paste
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
For the Bars
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a jelly roll pan (about 15"x10"x1") with cooking spray and line with a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, pumpkin and pumpkin spice extract until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet and mix until just combined – do not overmix.
Spread the batter into your pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
For the Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl, beat the frosting ingredients together with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars and enjoy!
  • I tested this recipe at high altitude as written above and it came out perfectly! For reference, I live at 5,800 feet. This will also work great at lower elevations as well!  
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  • Susan Russell Susan Russell on Oct 04, 2020

    What if you cannot find the pumpkin spice extract or the vanilla bean paste? Any substitution recommendations?

    • Amy Manes Amy Manes on Oct 04, 2020

      Hi Susan! If you are wanting to try the extract and vanilla bean paste, you can head over to my blog for the links to purchase these (https://bucketsofyum.com/pumpkin-spice-bars/) . Otherwise, you can substitute an equal amount of vanilla extract for the vanilla bean paste and the following ingredients for the pumpkin spice extract: 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, and 1/4 tsp. cloves. I hope you enjoy these!