Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies

Fall has definitely arrived! With all the delicious soups, chili, and baking with apples and pumpkin, it’s by far the most fun food season. These bars have popped up all over the Internet after showing up in Cara’s blog two years ago. Hubby has been asking for these bars for about two weeks now. With the shortage of canned pumpkin going on right now, I couldn’t make these until now because I just couldn’t find canned pumpkin!

I made these when we had some overnight guests and everyone loved them. We got impatient and cut them after they had cooled for about a hour. They hadn’t been chilled so they were still a bit gooey and warm. They’re delicious at this point and also after they’ve been chilled (the pumpkin flavor really shines once they’ve chilled).

I made a few adjustments to Cara’s recipe. One of the bloggers who made these said she wished there was more of the pumpkin mixture, so I upped that part of the recipe. Cara’s original recipe called for 6 oz of cream cheese and since a block of cream cheese is 8 oz, I just adjusted the other ingredients of the cheesecake portion so that it would use a full block of cream cheese. My adjustments are shown below.

I also don’t tend to think of pumpkin and chocolate together. It seems to me that white chocolate or cream cheese frosting are natural partners with pumpkin. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that dark chocolate would pair with pumpkin better than milk chocolate. So in the brownie portion of these bars, I used some dark cocoa.

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Brownie Batter
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

For the Cheesecake Batter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp flour
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 tsp pure vanilla
2/3 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp ground ginger
1/3 tsp ground cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" square metal baking pan.

Beat together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla, then beat in eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients and then gradually stir into butter mixture with a wooden spoon. In separate bowl, beat together cheesecake batter ingredients.

Spread about 2/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan, and spoon cheesecake batter over. Dollop remaining brownie batter over cheesecake batter. Swirl the batters together by running a butter knife back and forth through the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely on wire rack and chill before cutting and serving.

Original Beantown Baker Recipe, inspired by Cara's Cravings

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31 Responses to “Daring Bakers POP! (Dairy-free cheesecake pops with recipe)”

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    HoneyB — April 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, these look great! Kudos for your success at another baking first!

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    Mcwhisky — April 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Your cheesecake pops looked clean-cut. Perfect cubes and they really look good in cubes! Nicely coated!! Unlike mine, lol.

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    Marye — April 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    The squares look great.
    bakingdelights.com

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    BC — April 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Mine had footprints.. and finger prints from the pint sized assistant!

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    Susan — April 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, your shapes are so clean and perfect. Very nice job!

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    landa — April 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Everything looks so perfect. Great job

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    Annemarie — April 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Well done in getting them dairy-free. I don’t have access to Tofutti in the UK and have had to go for the whole-dairy version, which I have to take a lactaid just to look at. Yours are lov-er-ly looking.

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    Bumblebutton — April 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Perfect geometrics! Nice job–and glad you enjoyed them with the extra, dairy-free challenges.

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    sterling — April 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I love how perfectly cut those are – well done!
    My first batch of pops I coated by microwaving the chocolate, I think I am going to try it over the water like you did, to try to get a more consistent coating this time – they’re just in the freezer now…

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    C.L. — April 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    These turned out beautifully..they are such clean lines! Very nice!

    Carrie

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    Jaime — April 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    your pops look so perfect! i wish my cheesecake had been that firm! congrats on adapting the recipe to suit your needs 🙂

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    Jen Yu — April 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Aw, bummer about the lactose intolerance (I too have lactose issues normally). I’m so glad you could figure a way around it and isn’t the new DB site awesome?! 🙂 Your pops turned out beautifully! Great job.

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    Maggie — April 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! Did you cut your squares with a knife or dental floss? They are really pretty and precise looking! I’m glad the soymilk/margarine substitute worked for you.

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    Amy J. — April 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome. I love your squares!

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    Jenny — April 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I really love the square pops, they are so elegant. Thanks for the tips on dairy-free pops!

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    Jen — April 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Maggie, I used a knife to cut my shapes.

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    Candace — April 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Great job! I did squares too.

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    Gail — April 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on your lactose-free pops. I love their cute little square shape!

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — April 28, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Your pops are adorable! I was so happy to see a dairy free version. My little nephews are on a dairy free diet. This is a perfect treat for them. Thanks!

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    L Vanel — April 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Great looking pops and a nice adapation of the recipe.

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    ~Amber~ — April 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Ooo I love the squares and triangles. Very cute. Congratulations on completing the challenge and being able to adapt it to something you can enjoy!

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    moowiesqrd — April 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love the square pops! I’m also lactose intolerant, but I admit to loving dairy too much to give it up. Lactaid is my friend!

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    Deborah — April 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Your squares are absolutely perfect!! Great job on this challenge – especially with adapting it so that you could enjoy it!

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    Dolores — April 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Love your geometric cheesecake pop shapes. I wish my cheesecake had been firm enough to try that approach. I may try tofutti next time…

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    Lunch Buckets — April 29, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Gorgeous cube pops! They remind me of those chocolate See’s suckers 🙂

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    SweetDesigns — April 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    woot!! Cute little square pops 😉 they look wonderful, and so perfect..soo very perfect lol

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    Barbara — April 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Your pops look wonderful!

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    Jigginjessica — May 3, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Wow! Your pops look awesome. Does it taste like real cheesecake with your toffuti substitute.

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    marion-il en faut peu pour ... — May 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    perfect squares 🙂 I love them !
    Great job ! congrats !

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    vertigoxcured — August 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i know this post is old but i was wondering if you could share the orginal recipe that isnt dairy free? my email is vertigoxcured@gmail.com

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    Keith — November 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    They look and sound great! I will have to try these out.

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