Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

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Soft and cake-y pumpkin bars with swirls of cream cheese throughout. Top them with chocolate chips for extra flavor, or eat them with a side of ice cream—they’re irresistible!

We know from our pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting that pumpkin + cream cheese is a wonderful combo. This recipe has the cream cheese baked INTO the pumpkin, which is even better! Add this to your repertoire of pumpkin recipes—you won’t be sorry!

Pumpkin cream cheese swirl bars on a white plate

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Swirls

Are you sick of pumpkin yet? I’m just making sure that come Thanksgiving you have a ton of pumpkin recipes to choose from. 🙂

This recipe for pumpkin swirl bars is one that I found on Pinterest and made a few changes to. They’re pumpkin “bars”, but the consistency is somewhere in between Pumpkin Brownies and Pumpkin Cake. And they have the most DELICIOUS swirls of cream cheese throughout!

Pumpkin and cream cheese are a match made in heaven. Add a little bit of chocolate on top, and BOOM. You have the ultimate combination of flavors.

You can leave the mini chocolate chips on or off—all done according to your preference. Our family definitely loves chocolate so we were sure to leave them on.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars topped with chocolate chips

Tips for Making Them

PUMPKIN BATTER. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, and oil, stir until combined. Pour and spread batter into an ungreased 15×10 pan.

CREAM CHEESE SWIRLS. With an electric mixer, cream your cream cheese and sugar. Beat in egg and milk. Drizzle over your pumpkin layer. Gently use a knife to swirl the mixtures.

BAKE. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top, if desired. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. If you like, add more chips on the top after cake has cooled for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack for about two hours.

Ways to mix it up:

  • You can make a gingersnap or graham cracker crust to go underneath your bars.
  • You could also mix chocolate chips into your batter.
  • To make the cream cheese layer more cheesecake-like, add vanilla extract

Storing: This dish needs to be kept in the fridge because of the cream cheese. I would only keep the bars for a week at most. They are super moist, so they might begin to go mushy and gross after a while.

close up of cream cheese swirl pumpkin bar on a fork

Yummy, yum!! You will definitely love these if you love Pumpkin… and cream cheese… and chocolate!! 😀

For more great Pumpkin recipes be sure to check out:

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Soft and cake-y pumpkin bars with swirls of cream cheese throughout.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool 2 hours
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 315 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, and oil, stir until combined. Pour and spread batter into an ungreased 15x10 pan.

  2. With an electric mixer, cream your cream cheese and sugar. Beat in egg and milk. Drizzle over your pumpkin layer. Gently use a knife to swirl the mixtures. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Add more chips on the top if desired when cake has cooled for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack for about two hours.

Adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.

Pictures for this recipe were re-taken by Alicia of The Baker Upstairs.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Looks so good! Just sad I didn’t see it in time for this past Thanksgiving. I’m gonna remember them come this November!