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Perfect Pumpkin Bars. Pumpkin cake with nuts, raisins and a tasty orange glaze. Gluten-free and regular flour options. BoulderLocavore.com

Perfect Pumpkin Bars

Moist pumpkin bars with warming spices and with orange glaze are a perfect fall treat. Easy to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 1-inch bars
Calories 218 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • ½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg , room temperature
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Puree (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 ½ cup All Purpose Flour (regular or a gluten-free measure-for-measure blend)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Mace (Allspice can be substituted)
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ½ cup chopped Pecans substitution: chopped walnuts or filberts
  • 1 cup Confectioner’s (powdered) Sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed Orange Juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch square pan.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer cream together butter and sugar.

  3. Add egg and pumpkin; beat to combine fully.

  4. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, spices, baking soda.

  5. Slowly add into butter-sugar-pumpkin mixture until combined.

  6. n low speed blend raisins and pecans until fully combined.

  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth out batter to be even.

  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  9. While the bars are baking prepare the Orange Glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice. When the cake is just out of the oven, brush on the glaze while it is still warm.

  10. Allow to cool. When fully cooled, cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Pumpkin Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1390IU28%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.