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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19 Responses to “Dairy Free Chocolate Cookies ‘N Cream Ice Cream”

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    Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles — January 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Yum that looks delicious and welcome back to my hometown! Cincinnati’s actually a great town that grows on you and has been evolving quite a bit in the time that you’ve been away. I suspect given your profession and work location history that we probably work for the same company as our day jobs ;).

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:30 am

      Yes, Cincinnati has changed a LOT since we moved away in 2007.

      I would suspect you’re right. There’s enough info to know where I work, especially if you work here too 😉 Going to go check out your blog now. I would love to meet some other Cincinnati area bloggers!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:31 am

      Ok I work for the *other* big company in town (just checked your About page).

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — January 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Isn’t the KA ice cream attachment the best thing ever? I am always making ice cream, even in the wintertime, but I never thought of using canned coconut milk as the base. I’ll have to try this out soon!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      Absolutely. I didn’t think I could love my KAM any more than I already did. The ice cream attachment proved that I can.

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    Cara — January 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I have lots of cans of coconut milk laying around and I know they make a good ice cream! Adding this one to my list 🙂

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    tracy {pale yellow} — January 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I bought myself KA ice creamer maker for my birthday this summer and I adore it! I’ve been thinking about making non-dairy ice creams, but the recipes all sounded strange. It’s great to see a recipe from a trusted source. Can’t wait to try.

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

      Let me know what you think if you try it. I am going to be experimenting with different milks since I can’t have cow’s milk…

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    Shannon — January 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    love coconut milk based ice creams!! this one looks fabulous, and good call throwing in those oreos 😉

    • beantownbaker — January 24th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

      It’s ALWAYS a good idea to throw oreos in 🙂

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    Sabine — January 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

    My brother’s favorite thing to get at Coldstone is chocolate oreo ice cream. Too bad I don’t have an ice cream maker, or I would definitely try this!

    • beantownbaker — January 29th, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      I’ve been told you can make ice cream without an ice cream maker. I never tried it before I got mine though…

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    Mary — January 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I just made your recipe and luckily I tasted it before I cooled it. The ratio of sugar to cocoa powder is off. You should use at least twice the amount of sugar to cocoa powder in order for it not to have a horribly bitter taste. After adding more sugar it had a nice sweet to chocolately balance. Thanks for the recipe, my daughter is lactose intolerant and she will enjoy it.

    • beantownbaker — January 31st, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

      I am glad you were able to adjust this recipe to suit your needs. Hubby and I both enjoyed the sweetness level of this recipe. I’m sure different cocoa powders have different levels of sweetness. I plan to try this recipe without the cocoa powder to make vanilla ice cream too. We loved the creaminess of it!

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    Efrain Stamper — March 11, 2013 at 3:08 am

    This look yummy and chocolate ice cream is one of my favorite. Thanks for sharing the directions and ingredients.

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    Sara — April 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I just opened a can of coconut milk and it looked extremely curdled. I shook it a lot but it was still completely curdled. Is that how coconut milk is supposed to be out of the can? Are there any brands that you specifically like to use?

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    Raigon — October 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Oh how I wish I could try this.. I am currently gluten and dairy free.. However this being dairy free is is not gluten free with the oreo’s… Bummer!!

    • beantownbaker — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:28 am

      I’ve made this recipe again without the Oreos and it’s really good. Not quite as good as with the Oreos, but if you wanted to make it gluten free, just leave them out.

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