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Food Network star Jason Smith shares Punkin' Roll Bar recipe

Posted at 2:25 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 14:25:33-04

The leaves are changing colors, and Halloween is just around the corner so it's pumpkin season. Food Network star Jason Smith has a sweet and easy fall treat. The Best Baker in America judge shows you how to whip up his Punkin' Roll Bars. 

Punkin' Roll Bar

Jason Smith

Serves 6-8


6-TBSP butter, melted

1 ½-cups white sugar


1-(15oz) can pureed pumpkin

¼-cup water

3-tsp pumpkin pie spice

2-cups self-rising flour


1-(8oz) block cream cheese, room temp

¼-cup white or brown sugar

1-tsp vanilla



  • Preheat oven to 350°, spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, place the butter, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, water, and pumpkin pie spice; mix until well combined.
  • Stir in the flour, just until mixed in.
  • In a separate bowl, place the filling ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Pour half the pumpkin batter into the bottom of a prepared baking pan, spread out evenly, spread the filling mixture over batter, swirl the remaining batter through the filling layer.
  • Place in oven and bake for 35-40 mins, or until there is no jiggle in middle.
  • Remove and let cool, cut, and serve.

Tip: You can drizzle with caramel sauce.