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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. Pumpkin puree and cream cheese combine on a gingersnap cracker crust giving you the perfect fall dessert recipe!

The search is on for a shareable fall treat. I need a good go-to for all of our holiday parties.

There were a few MUST haves for the winner.

It had to be:
1. Pumpkin.
2. Easy.
3. Taste amazing.

Enter these:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe

They hit every one of my qualifications and exceeded our expectations. Creamy, full of pumpkin flavor, and easy to share. You cannot ask for much more.

Tips for the perfect cheesecake bars

  • Do not over mix. I like to use a hand mixer to make sure that the ingredients are just barely incorporated.
  • Line your pan. I have been known to use foil and parchment paper. Both work well and make it super simple to pull your bars out of the pan!
  • Make them the day before you plan to serve them. The flavor (of these bars especially) get better the longer they chill.

I put my bars on a gingersnap crust. The spice of those little cookies compliments the creamy pumpkin topping perfectly! That being said, you could easily substitute a graham cracker crust! Use equal amounts of crushed graham crackers for the gingersnap cookies.

Ingredients for pumpkin cheesecake bars:

  • Gingersnap crust (listed below)
  • Cream cheese
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Pumpkin puree

How to make pumpkin cheesecake bars:

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy. Turn your mixer on low and add the eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.

  2. OPTIONAL: Reserve 1 cup of filling here if you would like to swirl on top of the cheesecake.

  3. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Pour over your crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until set.

  4. Chill 4 hours or overnight. Slice and enjoy!

To swirl: Reserve 1 cup of batter BEFORE you add the pumpkin puree. Before baking gently drizzle over the top of the pumpkin batter. Swirl with a knife.

Can’t get enough pumpkin? Try my Pumpkin Spiced Cookies.

How to freeze cheesecake bars:

As a family of three, I am always looking for ways to save our recipes! Luckily, these cheesecake bars are freezer friendly, which means I can have them on hand all season long! Frozen cheesecake bars last up to three months if stored properly. Follow the directions below to freeze your leftovers:

  1. Place sliced cheesecake bars on a cookie sheet 1/2 an inch apart.
  2. Freeze 1-2 hours or until solid.
  3. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Place in a labeled, freezer safe, zip top bag.
  4. Remove the plastic wrap before thawing.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Pumpkin puree and cream cheese combine on a gingersnap cracker crust giving you the perfect fall dessert recipe!

Ingredients

Gingersnap Crust

  • 1- 1/4 cup gingersnap crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

  • 1-1/2 (12 oz) blocks of cream cheese, room tempature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room tempature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9 inch pan with parchment paper or foil. Mist with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. Combine your ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir until fully combined. Transfer to your prepared pan and press firmly into the bottom. Bake 10 minutes.

Cheesecake Topping

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy. Turn your mixer on low and add the eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. 
  2. OPTIONAL: reserve 1 cup of filling here if you would like to swirl on top of the cheesecake. 
  3. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Pour over your crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until set. 
  4. Chill 4 hours or overnight. Slice and enjoy! 

Notes

To swirl: Reserve 1 cup of batter BEFORE you add the pumpkin puree. Before baking gently drizzle over the top of the pumpkin batter. Swirl with a knife. 

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