Bourbon Pumpkin Bars

H’s work was having a Thanksgiving potluck and I was asked to make a dessert once again. I have so many desserts I want to try that I always make two. The first of the two was to be something pumpkin to celebrate fall. I always love to try new and fun desserts with his work as they are willing to try anything, so when I saw the bourbon pumpkin bars on this site, I thought it would be a great dessert for them. I cut them into 16 small bars and put each in a cupcake liner for easy grabbing!


1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. white sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree, drained on a paper towel lined fine strainer
1 egg
1 Tbsp bourbon
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp bourbon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line and prepare an 8×8 baking pan.
In medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, spice and salt. Whisk to combine thoroughly and set aside.
In bowl of stand mixer, add eggs, sugars, oil, and pumpkin until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add bourbon, vanilla and mix to combine.
Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until just combined.
Spread evenly into prepared pan.
Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean–it took about 45 minutes with
Cool completely before frosting.
Meanwhile, in bowl of stand mixer, combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and bourbon and mix to combine well. Slowly add in powdered sugar until completely combined.
Frost cooled bars with icing, cut, and serve.


One Comment on “Bourbon Pumpkin Bars”

  1. Oh my, these sound awesome! Can’t wait to give the recipe a try 🙂

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