Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars combine pumpkin and cheesecake into a beautiful layered bar that are as delicious as they are simple to make.  First you make a graham cracker crust.  While that cools completely, you make the cheesecake filling, reserving a portion to add in some pumpkin.  Pour the plain cheesecake layer over the crust.  Dollop the pumpkin layer over the cheesecake layer and try for a swirl effect, if you desire, by running a knife through the batter.  I was liking the simple layered look, so left it as is.  Either way, they taste like a decadent cheesecake with a pumpkin twist.

With the holidays coming up, these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a light alternative to those heavier desserts (or in addition to…I don’t judge!!)  You would never guess it, but they are made on the lighter side, coming in around 115 calories per bar.

If you’re looking for other lighter dessert options, this Crustless Pumpkin Pie is my favorite pie of all time!

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
 
Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (approx 9 sheets)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light butter, melted (regular butter would work too)
  • Cooking spray
  • 11 ounces light cream cheese (Neufchatel, ⅓ less fat)
  • ⅓ cup light sour cream
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. CRUST: In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; add butter and stir until moistened. Press mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until set. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. FILLING: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add egg, and beat on low until just combined.
  4. Pour ¾ cup batter into a small bowl. Add pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring until well blended.
  5. Pour plain batter over cooled crust. Drop dollops of pumpkin batter over the plain batter. Cut through batter with knife to swirl.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to overnight.

 

Source:  Taste of Home

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Comments

  1. I love the layered look of these-so pretty! I doesn’t hurt that the flavors are pumpkin and cheesecake either :)

  2. I love the pumpkin/cheesecake combo! It’s such a pleasant change from traditional pumpkin pie.

  3. Holy cow – these look sinful! I love pumpkin cheesecake, and these bars sound like the next best thing.

  4. Yum!! These look and sound amazing! I think I will make them for my husband to take to work on Thanksgiving day.

  5. I love the layered colors. It’s so pretty. Plus this looks so delicious! There are so many things I want to make with pumpkin before the season is over, but I don’t think I have enough time D:

  6. It is a good idea to try to streamline dessert at this time of year. This bars look and sound delectable! And so pretty!

  7. I love the layered look too. The bars look delicious.

  8. Amazing bars! No wonder they were very popular on RecipeNewZ :-). So now you have one more feature on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RecipeNewZ. Congrats and have a great weekend!

  9. I love pumpkin so much but shamefully, have only baked 1 pumpkin flavoured dessert this entire season. I have to remedy that immediately by baking these beautiful, delectable cheesecake bars!

  10. Anyone know, if I double this recipe to make 9 x18 family size pan, should I add more baking time??

  11. These look amazing!

  12. Made these today. Delicious!

  13. I love this combination using the pumpkin and if it’s on the lighter side, what more can we ask for? Fabulous.

  14. I already made them twice, because my co-workers loved them so much! I will for sure be making these again!!

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