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Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

A chocolate cookie crust topped with spiced pumpkin cheesecake swirled with chocolate pumpkin cheesecake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars


For The Crust:

  • 20 chocolate wafer cookies, such as animal crackers/cookies (4.5 ounces )
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

For The Filling:

  • 16 ounce cream cheese, regular or light
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, blend cookies with sugar until finely ground (you should have about 1 cup crumbs); add butter, and pulse until moistened.
  • Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and press gently into bottom. Bake until fragrant and slightly firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Place cream cheese in food processor or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; blend until smooth. Add sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, flour, pumpkin-pie spice, and salt; process until combined. Set aside.
  • Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add 1 cup pumpkin mixture to melted chocolate; stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Pour remaining pumpkin mixture into prepared pan. Drop dollops of chocolate mixture onto pumpkin mixture; swirl by dragging paring knife through the chocolate and pumpkin several times to create marbled pattern. Bake until cheesecake is set but jiggles slightly when gently shaken, 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Cool in pan. Cover; chill until firm, at least 2 hours (and up to 2 days). Using overhang, transfer cake to work surface. With a knife dipped in water, cut into 16 squares. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Source: Adapted from MarthaStewart.com
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Keyword cheesecake, dessert, fall, gluten free, pumpkin
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