Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Happy Wednesday friends! I wanted to squeeze a few more pumpkin recipes in before the season ends so here’s another one.  I’m not sure if the markets are still carrying pumpkin cream cheese.  If they are, you should definitely buy a package and make this.  I’m not big on cheesecake in general because they’re huge and so rich (I’m thinking Cheesecake Factory here…).  I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation.  But cheesecake bars, I love.  They’re smaller and for me, it’s plenty to remedy any sweet cravings you may be having.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

I didn’t grow up eating pumpkin or desserts for that matter.  My mother was strict with our sweets intake.  It wasn’t until I met Chris that I started having more pumpkin desserts.  I find most of the people are either a pumpkin lover or hater.  Not many in between.  It’s the same with carrot cake.  I think it’s the spice.  Either you love or hate it.  Chris loves pumpkin anything so I’m trying to incorporate pumpkin in as many recipes as I can.  He approves this one.  Have a great rest of the week!

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice


  • 1 (8 ounce) container of pumpkin cream cheese (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick baking spray.  Line it with a sheet of parchment paper leaving a generous overhang for easy removal; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Use a fork to mix everything together and then pour the mixture into the baking pan.  Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is lightly brown.  Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and allow it to cool while you prepare the filling.  Do not turn off the oven.

Meanwhile, using a stand or electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until smooth.  Add egg, vanilla bean paste, pumpkin pie spice and salt.  Continue to beat until combined.  Pour filling over the crust and spread evenly with a spatula.  Gently place chocolate chips on top.

Return pan to the oven; bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly brown and the filling is set.  Allow the cheesecake to cool completely then transfer it to the refrigerator to chill for a few hours before serving.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars


48 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

  1. Your Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have all the makings of delicious goodness, Anne. Seriously, what’s not to love! We still have lots of pumpkins around our area and it just so happens that I’m off to Trader Joe’s today. I didn’t even know they had sold pumpkin cream cheese. You KNOW I’ll be looking for it!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Anne. These just may be on my Thanksgiving table!

  2. These stopped me in my tracks, Anne! I love pumpkin and chocolate, ad I’m with you — I prefer cheesecake in bar or mini form. It’s much too heavy most of the time. These are perfect!

  3. Oh my goodness Anne, these bars look are so mesmerizing! I love cheesecake in bar form too and I would gladly polish off these wonderful pumpkin chocolate ones in no time 🙂 Ooh and I need to find that pumpkin cream cheese next time we stop by a TJ’s, it sounds delicious! Pinning, I can’t stop staring at those chocolate chips, they look so enticing and magical!

  4. I agree with the idea that everything should be in moderation, although way too often I make an exception for cheesecake. Alas. Anyway, super recipe -these looks totally delish. You have my immoderate thanks. 😉

  5. I love the sound of these bars! I don’t eat cheesecake too often because I find it a lot of the time too heavy …. but these I can definitely get behind! Especially with the pumpkin / chocolate combo! Happy Wednesday Anne!

  6. I have to agree with you …some people either love the pumpkin or could live without it. Me, on the other hand…could not live without pumpkin. I need it in my life all year long! They should even have it on sale in June! I love the way you made these sweet treats into bars…perfect, if you ask me. (Perfect in every way!)

  7. I love me a great, rich cheesecake but I loke cheesecake bars too, and these sound excellent. Love the pumpkin and chocolate addition 🙂

  8. Your pumpkin bars look terrific, Anne! I love these small serving size cheesecakes and bars are always special yet casual at the same time, which I love. I can’t say I’m a big fan of pumpkin baked goods but I think I’m coming round to all sorts of things as I get exposed to good recipes. I find myself liking cinnamon more and more, for example. : ) Anyway, I know where to go to if I need a great bar dessert recipe. And those chocolate chips on top are perfect!

  9. Oh my goodness…these look and sound so good. Dark chocolate and pumpkin and cheesecake? I’m in love! I didn’t grow up eating much dessert but I know even my health-conscious dad would have loved these!

  10. I hate cheesecake slices that are so big you can’t even take one bite without feeling nauseous from the decadence! These bars look like they are perfectly sized and perfectly flavored!

  11. We are approaching a long weekend and this would be the perfect treat to enjoy with the boys! I was curious what brand of dark chocolate chips do you generally use? I plan to swing by Trader Joes to see if I can find the pumpkin cream cheese (hoping mine still has it). Thanks for the sharing, Anne!

  12. These look delectable with all those chocolate chips perched on top! I love the combo! I don’t use pumpkin with chocolate enough. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  13. Pumpkin cream cheese!!!??? Never heard of it but sounds oh so yummy! You have got way more food choices over in the USA. Being Italian, I did not grow up with pumpkin anything, but I do so love it. And you’re right about either loving or hating it. And I know I would LOVE your dark chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake bars! Pinned!

  14. These are too beautiful!! I want one right now. I totally agree. Most people either love pumpkin or hate it. I LOVE it and really want to try this recipe ASAP! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!

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