Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time: 10 min
Yields: 60 bars (5 dozen)


Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars have unexpectedly wonderful flavors from the browned butter used in the frosting. Ready in less than 1 hour.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup butter (we recommend LAND O LAKES® Butter), melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (we recommend LAND O LAKES® Butter), melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk or 1/3 cup milk
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

flour, sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, baking soda and ginger in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin, 3/4 cup butter and eggs; mix well. Stir in cranberries. Spread batter into ungreased 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

1/2 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes or until butter just starts to brown. WATCH CLOSELY. Immediately remove from heat. Pour into medium bowl; cool 5 minutes.

ADD powdered sugar and vanilla extract to butter mixture; mix well. Stir in enough milk for desired frosting consistency. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Cut into bars.


by J. JEANNIE , Oklahoma City, OK on Nov. 2009

This was so easy to make and it tastes so good. I added mine own touch to it and made it even better too.


by D. Deborah , Kerman, CA on Jun. 2009

This was a delicious snack cake (which is what I would call it). Easy, yummy, and quick.

Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

by p. patricia , Lufkin, TX on Oct. 2008

This recipe was so easy to make and very good.Make this for an baby shower and everyone said that they love it,they like how the Browned Butter give it the tasty.I but blue icing on it because it an boy.I definatey will be making this again.

Pumpkin Bars with Brown Butter icing

by N. Nancy , Revere, PA on Jan. 2005

These are excellent. I used fresh cranberries and to cut the calories a bit, I did halve the icing. What a good recipe for a take along. You do have to watch that butter.

Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

by P. Pat , WATERTOWN, WI on Nov. 2004

I couldn't wait till Thanksgiving to try this one.It was very good , my family enjoyed these bars; i'll make them again real soon.

Nice Autumn Treat

by D. Dawn , LAKELAND, FL on Oct. 2004

The recipe was very easy, and the pumpkin and cranberries make a lovely combination just right for fall.

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by S. STACEY , HARTLAND, WI on Oct. 2004

I just made these last night and they were a big hit with the family. It is an easy recipe to make. I used fresh crandberries instead of dried ones and the recipe turned out fine.

These are a Winner!

by L. Lisa , Kuna, ID on Sep. 2004

Family and friends flock to my house for this great recipe that is easy and very good!!!

Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

by B. Bette , Gaithersburg, MD on Jan. 2004

Very moist, not too sweet, it's my husbands new favorite. I have made it with both fresh and dried cranberries and both are good. Its also good with just a dusting of powered sugar on the top.

The Best Ever

by T. Tanya , atlanta, GA on Jan. 2004

My husband LOVES this recipe and he isn't a big pumpkin fan. The cake isn't too sweet and the frosting with the browned butter is perfect.