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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23 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars”

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    hannah! — June 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    A slice of this? Yes please!

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    Sara — June 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Oh my…a slice? I’ll take the whole pan, please. 🙂

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    Cupcake Activist — June 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am a firm believer in combining foods that are great. The photos are making me drool!

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    yumventures — June 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    So amazingly decadent! I love these. So would my boyfriend 🙂

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    BeeKayRoot — June 8, 2010 at 3:18 am

    You should simply call these the “Yes, Please” bars.

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    Chocolate Shavings — June 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Those bars look perfect!

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    Amy — June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Mmmmm, she said trying not to drool.

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    Taylor — June 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Yes please is right! I need to make these as soon as possible!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — June 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Yours turned out so pretty! I’m so glad you liked them! 🙂

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    oneordinaryday — June 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Holy cow! I agree with your husband. I’d beg for those bars, for sure.

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    Mary — June 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, I say “yes please,” too! YUM! Those both sound and look delicious!!! A must make!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Ingrid — June 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I’ve seen these around and each time I think, MUST bake, soon! This time around is no different except I AM going to make these asap. Thanks for the shove, I mean nudge! 🙂
    ~ingrid

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    Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} — June 9, 2010 at 3:43 am

    I’ve made these before and I still think about them. Your pictures are beautiful. I’m adding you to my blog list!

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    Amanda — June 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    wow! heavenly! –hoteles en veracruzt

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    steph — June 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I’ll take two! These bars look great. I am saving the recipe!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — June 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, these look simply amazing! I think I would say “Yes Please” too!

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    Tia — June 10, 2010 at 4:49 am

    i just printed this off. SO excited to try it!

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — June 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    My family would go insane for this! Newest follower here!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What’s For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

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    cookies and cups — June 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    These are some of my favorite bars! Yours look great 🙂

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    We Are Not Martha — June 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Oh wow, these look absolutely delightful! I could probably eat a whole pan 🙂 Happy weekend!

    Sues

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    Amanda — June 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Yum, yum, yum! I could do some serious damage to those. They look heavenly.

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    Tyler — August 24, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I’ve been browsing your blog and these look delicious! Well, everything looks delicious but I’m a cheesecake girl and my husband is definitely a chocolate chip cookie kind of guy so I can’t wait to try these!

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    Rhondi — December 31, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I made these last week. They were amazing!

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