Get your fall dessert fix with these deliciously soft & chewy pumpkin cinnamon chip bars topped with homemade cream cheese frosting! I love fall! The cooler temperatures, the changing leaves leaves, football, all things apple & pumpkin – it’s just all SO good! Fall is also a great time for baking and one thing my family loves is pumpkin baked goods! In fact, pumpkin bars are a total favorite around here!
The pumpkin chocolate chip bars are SO good (and actually currently, our number 1 fall post). But, cinnamon and pumpkin is such a tasty combination as well! We have our favorite 2-ingredient pumpkin cinnamon chip cupcakes and these delicious cinnamon chocolate chip pumpkin cookies! So, I decided to do a twist on our favorite pumpkin bars, making them with the cinnamon chips! The result? SUPER tasty! Everyone at our house loves them! The homemade cream cheese frosting doesn’t hurt either! The bars are really quite easy to whip up. Other than maybe the pumpkin and cinnamon chips, you probably have everything on hand. I typically have luck finding cinnamon chips at most stores this time of year, but almost always at big ones like (like Walmart, Target, etc). I usually stock up on a few packs for these recipes and freeze them (which is why they look a little frosty in the photo above).
Here’s the easy recipe:
Frosted Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Bars
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 bag 10z cinnamon chips (approx 1.5 C)
Optional - Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese softened
- 1 stick butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 325. Generously grease a 9x13 pan.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl. Stir until well-combined.
- In a separate medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla to mixture. Mix well. Then beat in pumpkin.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until well combined. Fold in cinnamon chips and spread batter evenly into pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from the pan and the center is set (toothpick inserted in the center is clean).
- Cool completely before cutting.
- *Optional: While bars bake (and cool), prepare the frosting. In a mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar (1 cup at a time), until desired sweetness is reached.
- Once bars are cool, spread on frosting, cut and serve!
The sweetness of the frosting deliciously offsets the spice of the cinnamon in the bars! If you like a lot of cinnamon flavor though, you could definitely try our tasty homemade cinnamon cream cheese frosting – YUM!!! Or you could omit the frosting altogether! Either way, these pumpkin cinnamon chip bars are delicious! They’re a big hit at our house – perfect for fall parties or even a tasty Thanksgiving dessert!
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