Pumpkin Roll Bars

Easy Pumpkin Bars;  These bars taste just like a pumpkin roll, but without the rolling!  Try these easy pumpkin bars.

easy-pumpkin-barsI love a good pumpkin roll.

My sister-in-law and I usually make 2 every year for Christmas.  We store them in the freezer, bring them out all frozen and wonderful, cut a few slices, plop a big spoonful of fresh whipped cream on top, and savor slowly.

Then we get another slice.

This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

The problem is that pumpkin rolls are not particularly easy to make, and they are certainly not easy to make look good.  The cake always cracks, or the frosting squishes out, or our rolling technique fails us, or some other disaster happens to make our pumpkin rolls really not beautiful.

Tasty still, but not beautiful.

I decided it was time I make life easier on myself.  This year, I’m making my pumpkin roll into bars.  This way, I can still get all the pumpkin-and-cream-cheese goodness without the rolling.


One thing I will say for these bars, they are a touch on the sticky side.  Which isn’t a huge problem for me, because I prefer them frozen anyway.

I’m telling you this because I recommend you freeze yours, too.  Bake them, let them cool, then freeze for a few hours.  Pull them out of the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

I’ll let you decide about the whipped cream!



My other issue with pumpkin rolls is that they are practically impossible to roll by yourself.  You just need four hands, two is never enough.

Which means I can never just make them because I feel like it.  I always need to make them for some specific purpose so I can ask for help.  This bar version makes them much easier to make on your own.


And thus, much easier to eat for no reason whatsoever, except that you really like pumpkin and cream cheese.

And really, who doesn’t?


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More seasonal favorites you might enjoy:

eggnog cheesecake barsEggnog Bars pumpkin chip cookiesPumpkin Sugar Cookies molasses barsMolassees Bars


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Pumpkin Roll Bars
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A delicious pumpkin roll in bar form.
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Mix together sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and lemon juice.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and spices, and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Pour pumpkin batter into a 9x13 pan. (*I prefer to line the pan with parchment paper)
  4. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture over the pumpkin batter.
  5. Use a knife to swirl the pumpkin layer into the cream cheese layer a little.
  6. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes, or until center is set.
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool. Place bars in the freezer, and freeze several hours.
  8. Remove from freezer, and let thaw for 5-10 minutes before cutting into bars and serving.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Pumpkin Streusel Bars from Chef in Training
Biscoff Stuffed Pumpkin Mini Muffins from Handle the Heat
Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars from Something Swanky

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15 thoughts on “Pumpkin Roll Bars

  1. Carla

    I blogged about pumpkin roll a long, long time ago, probably my first year or two. And if there is anybody who is rolling impaired, it’s me 😀 Thank you for this solution so I don’t scream in frustration in the kitchen.

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  7. kate

    Hmmmmm… I don’t know what I did wrong but mine didn’t rise and I did put baking powder in there… I did add some allspice, used less sugar and only half the cream cheese layer (my hubby doesn’t like too much cream cheese) but otherwise everything as above. I tried it right out of the oven and it tastes ok but not as I had hoped for to be honest.

  8. Jen

    Can I use canned pumpkin in these bars?I’m excited to try these treats,because my rolling isn’t that great either.Thanks for the newest family favorite.

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