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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11 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Bundt”

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love bundt cakes, I love cinnamon rolls! Thank you for combining them for me 😉 looks wonderful!

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    Connie — November 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I love Mary’s “I Love Big Bundts” feature on Food Librarian! Your Cinnamon Roll Bundt looks delicious, and quite possibly a great addition to an holiday table as it is different and unexpected.

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thanks so much for sharing and trying my recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      Thanks for posting it in the first place!

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    sara — November 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Yummy! This looks so delicious!!

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      It really is delicious!

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    food librarian — December 1, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Jen, I can’t wait to try this!!!! It looks fantastic. And I need to work with you and this $5 pig out – or I need to bring this to my work. 🙂 Thanks for baking along with me…your blog is always such an inspiration to me! – mary the food librarian

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

      The $5 pig out is awesome. Thanks for doing I Like Big Bundts again this year!

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    Sarah C — December 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I just made this cake as a breakfast contribution to a holiday food fest at work. It was a HUGE hit! People were actually waiting for me to arrive in the morning before they’d even tasted it, just because they saw it on the sign-up list. Then once people started eating it, they were actually emailing and IM’ing to rave about how amazing it was. My co-workers have now added it to the list of things they regularly ask me to make. 🙂

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:55 am

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad the recipe was such a big hit for you.

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    Homepage Optimierung 6020 — December 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Yes! Finally someone writes about Edellaubbäume.

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