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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Pumpkin cheesecake bars combine a creamy cheesecake layer with pumpkin cheesecake layer, all topped with a buttery, crumbly brown sugar pecan topping. This is a crowd-pleasing delicious dessert perfect for fall parties or Thanksgiving dessert.

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Pumpkin and cheesecake are partners made in heaven. Just like my Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe or layered pumpkin pie cheesecake, these pumpkin cheesecake bars combine the thick, creamy goodness of traditional cheesecake with pumpkin and that irresistible graham cracker crust and pecan brown sugar toppings.

When I whip up a batch of these bars, my kids go crazy and the neighbors come knocking!

Just kidding (a little) but seriously, you are going to LOVE these and make them a fall staple in your home just like they are in mine!

Ingredients

  • graham crackers
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • eggs
  • lemon juice
  • vanilla extract
  • pumpkin pureé (NOT pumkin pie filling!)
  • spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, salt
  • pecans
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar

Step by step

This is a very easy recipe, we basically assemble each of the 4 layers and bake, then chill until the cheesecake layers are fully set.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Use a blender (affiliate link) or food processor to finely ground the graham crackers. Pour into a mixing bowl, add the white sugar and butter, stirring until combined.
  3. Pour the crumbly mixture into the baking dish, pressing into the bottom of the pan evenly.
  1. Bake the crust for 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl add the cream cheese and sugar. Use a hand mixer to beat these two ingredients together until combined and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, including the egg yolk mixing until just incorporated between each addition.
  3. Now add the sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla, mixing with the hand mixer until combined.
  4. Pour 2 cups of this cheesecake filling on top of the cooled graham cracker crust. Spread evenly. Put in the freezer until ready for the next layer to be added.
  5. With the rest of the cheesecake filling, add the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Mix together until combined.
  6. Pour the rest of the now pumpkin cheesecake filling slowly over the plain cheesecake filling. Spreading evenly.
  1. Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes in the oven.
  2. While that is baking make the pecan topping.
  3. In a food processor or blender (affiliate link) add the chopped pecans, vanilla, flour, sugars, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter. Pulse until crumbles form.
  4. Remove the cheesecake out of the oven after 30 minutes and coat with the pecan topping. Place back in the oven and bake for another 45 minutes. At this point the cheesecake should have a jiggly center, but firm edges.
  1. Now turn the oven off, open the oven door and let continue baking and cool in the oven for another hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, cover tightly and refrigerate for 6 hours in the fridge before serving.
pumpkin cheesecake bar squares on parchment paper

Need even more pumpkin in your life? Try these Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Toppings, Pumpkin Donut Holes, Pumpkin Pie Pancakes, or Pumpkin Oatmeal!

Tips for best results

  • use full fat cream cheese for this recipe, lower fat options can affect the final texture
  • do not over-mix the cream cheese mixture or you may get cracking after baking
  • do NOT buy pumpkin pie filling which is already sweetened and seasoned, you need pumpkin pureé for this recipe
  • allow bars to cool to room temperature then refrigerate at least 6 hours before cutting and serving
  • Slice with a large knife dipped in hot water for a clean cut.
fork with bite of pumpkin cheesecake bars

Serving suggestions

Serve these bars as they are or top with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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hand holding pumpkin cheesecake bar

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars


  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x

Description

Pumpkin cheesecake bars combine a creamy cheesecake layer with pumpkin cheesecake layer, all topped with a buttery, crumbly brown sugar pecan topping. 


Ingredients

Units Scale

Crust

  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 7 graham cracker sheets
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Cheesecake

  • 28 ounce packages
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 7 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Pecan Topping

  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Use a blender (affiliate link) or food processor to finely ground the graham crackers. Pour into a mixing bowl, add the white sugar and butter, stirring until combined.
  3. Pour the crumbly mixture into the baking dish, pressing into the bottom of the pan evenly.
  4. Bake the crust for 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  5. In a large bowl add the cream cheese and sugar. Use a hand mixer to beat these two ingredients together until combined and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, including the egg yolk mixing until just incorporated between each addition.
  6. Now add the sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla, mixing with the hand mixer until combined.
  7. Pour 2 cups of this cheesecake filling on top of the cooled graham cracker crust. Spread evenly. Put in the freezer until ready for the next layer to be added.
  8. With the rest of the cheesecake filling, add the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Mix together until combined.
  9. Pour the rest of the now pumpkin cheesecake filling slowly over the plain cheesecake filling. Spreading evenly.
  10. Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes in the oven.
  11. While that is baking make the pecan topping.
  12. In a food processor or blender (affiliate link) add the chopped pecans, vanilla, flour, sugars, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter. Pulse until crumbles form.
  13. Remove the cheesecake out of the oven after 30 minutes and coat with the pecan topping. Place back in the oven and bake for another 45 minutes. At this point the cheesecake should have a jiggly center, but firm edges.
  14. Now turn the oven off, open the oven door and let continue baking and cool in the oven for another hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, cover tightly and refrigerate for 6 hours in the fridge before serving.

Notes

Slice with a large knife dipped in hot water for a clean cut.

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream!

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 12.4 g
  • Sodium: 200.7 mg
  • Fat: 11.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 44.8 mg

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