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Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Bars drizzled with caramel on a fall plate

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Bars

Stephanie Brubaker
Welcome fall with these Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Bars! Super moist pumpkin cake swirled with creamy cheesecake, and topped with caramel sauce.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Bars

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter very soft
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 15 oz can pumpkin purée
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Cheesecake Swirl

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Topping

  • caramel sauce optional

Instructions
 

Pumpkin Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Add butter, oil, sugars, and pumpkin to a large mixing bowl and beat until very well combined.
  • Add egg, vanilla, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda and mix well.
  • Add flour and mix until combined.
  • Spread batter into a greased 13x9" pan and set aside.

Cheesecake Swirl

  • In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until very smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla and egg and mix just until combined.
  • Drop cheesecake mixture by the spoonful over the pumpkin bars, making polka dots. Swirl a knife through the batter a few times in semi-circular motions to create a pattern in the bars. Don't overdo it or you won't see the swirls once it's baked.
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until tester inserted into the pumpkin batter comes out clean. (Avoid testing bars in the cheesecake portion-aim for the cake.)
  • Allow the bars to cool to room temperature, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Topping

  • Drizzle bars with warm caramel sauce, after cutting, if desired.
  • Store covered bars in the refrigerator.
Keyword easy pumpkin dessert recipe, fall dessert, pumpkin cheesecake