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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have so many delicious layers, including a graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer and pumpkin layer. They're full of fall spices and are sure to impress at any holiday gathering.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Refrigerating Time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16
Calories 221 kcal
Author Natalie Dicks

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 TB granulated sugar
  • 5 TB melted butter

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

For the Pumpkin Layer:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 15 oz can solid-packed pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 c cold water
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch cream of tartar

For the Garnish:

  • whipped cream (or topping)
  • pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and the melted butter. Press into a foil-lined 8x8-inch pan.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 231mg10%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4550IU91%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.