These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are rich and decadent. A fudgy pumpkin chocolate chip base is topped with a creamy cheesecake layer studded with more chocolate chips.
When I’m craving a brownie and no one’s home to help me eat them, I go through the drive through at Kneaders Bakery and buy just one of their Cheesecake Brownies. They have a rich and fudgy base and a creamy cheesecake top with chocolate chips on top of the cheesecake. It’s a great combination of textures and flavors.
I had the Kneader’s cheesecake brownies in mind when I created this recipe. Pumpkin desserts are a fall favorite, so I decided to create a fall version of the brownies to take to a blogger luncheon.
For the base, I adapted a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe, using brown sugar and less leavening, so it would be richer and more fudgy. Then I topped it with an easy to make cheesecake batter and added chocolate chips to both the base and the cheesecake topping because I love the added texture and chocolatey deliciousness the chips give the bars.
I made these the day before I went to the luncheon, and put them in the fridge with a big Do Not Eat sign on them. There was a little bit of grumbling from my boys about me not making them for them to eat. Fortunately, there were a couple of bars left, so I brought them home and my oldest son devoured them and declared them really good. I loved them too. I’ll have to make another pan again soon.
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon flour
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on ends.
- Prepare cheesecake layer: In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add 1 egg and flour and beat until blended; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in 1 egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
- Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over pumpkin batter. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
- Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and cheesecake is set, about 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan.
- Lift bars from pan (using foil as an aid). Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into 16 squares.
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