Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars are full of fall spices. This layered dessert is sure to impress at any holiday gathering!
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars are a tasty pumpkin dessert, perfect for fall! For more simple layered pumpkin desserts, try our Pumpkin Lasagna and Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits. Both are delicious, and have so many layers of pumpkin goodness.
Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Pumpkin desserts are always a huge hit with me! It’s taken quite some time for certain members of my family to get on board, but recipes like these Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars have slowly converted them.
While these do require a bit of extra work, they are totally worth it. And the steps themselves are really simple.
You can easily double this recipe to fit a 9×13-inch pan. It’s a great dessert to take to parties or gatherings, especially if you want to impress your friends and family. I mean, look at those perfect layers right there!
How to make Them
As we mentioned, these Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars take a little bit of time to make, but they’re worth it. There are short cuts that can be made, but if you want them to look as good as they do above, then we suggest following these steps.
CRUST. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Press into a foil-lined 8×8 baking pan.
CHEESECAKE LAYER. Use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Add eggs, mix until just combined. Pour the cheesecake batter over the graham cracker crust.
BAKE. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until set. Let cool.
- Pumpkin. While the crust is baking, separate the three remaining eggs. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the yolks, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, milk, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Cook, whisking every few minutes for 10 minutes, or until mixture reaches 160°. Remove from the heat, whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Gelatin. In a small microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let stand for 1 minute, then microwave for 30 seconds, or until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir into pumpkin mixture, set aside.
- Egg whites. In the top of a double boiler, combine the granulated sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer set at low speed for 30 seconds, then set the pan over boiling water (the pan shouldn’t touch the water). Beat at high speed, for about 7-9 minutes, or until it’s stiff and glossy. Remove from the heat, and beat an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Layer. Fold into the pumpkin mixture, then spread evenly over cream cheese layer.
tips + variations
Double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, make your own by:
- Simmering a few inches of water in saucepan.
- Then, stack a metal or glass bowl on top of a saucepan, making sure the bowl fits on top.
- The steam from the hot water will heat the bowl gently and evenly, without burning or sticking.
- Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl on top.
Pumpkin puree. Be sure to use a can of pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice using spices you most likely already have in the cupboard: ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
Crust. Replace the graham crackers with an equal amount of vanilla wafers or gingersnaps. Use a food processor, or blender, to produce fine cracker crumbs.
Toppings. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the dollop of Whipped Cream. Or, drizzle with Caramel Sauce.
Clean even slices. To make the prettiest slices, all you need is a large kitchen knife, a tall cup of hot water, and kitchen towel. Using the foil, lift the dessert out of the pan. Heat the knife by placing it in the hot water, wipe dry and slice. Wipe the blade clean, and reheat it after each cut.
Make ahead of time. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars can be made up to 24 hours in advance, and should be stored and covered in the fridge, until ready to serve. Wait to add Whipped Cream until before serving.
For more pumpkin recipes, check out:
- Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
- No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Pumpkin Custard
- Easy Pumpkin Cobbler
- Pumpkin Delight
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars Recipe
For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Cheesecake Layer:
For the Pumpkin Layer:
For the Garnish:
- whipped cream
- pumpkin pie spice
- In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and the melted butter. Press into a foil-lined 8×8-inch pan.
- In a small bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the eggs, mix just until combined, then pour over crust. Place in the oven and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until set. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, separate the three remaining eggs. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the yolks, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, milk, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Cook, whisking every few minutes for 10 minutes or until mixture reaches 160°. Remove from the heat, whisk in the vanilla extract.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water; let stand for 1 minute, then microwave for 30 seconds or until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir into pumpkin mixture; set aside.
- In the top of a double boiler, combine the granulated sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer set at low speed for 30 seconds, then set the pan over boiling water (the pan shouldn’t touch the water). Beating at high speed, for about 7-9 minutes, or until it’s stiff and glossy. Remove it from the heat, and beat an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Fold into the pumpkin mixture then spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour, then cover and refrigerate for an additional 3 hours or until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice; if desired.