Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

The most delicious layered cookie bars you’ll eat this year! Graham cracker crust topped with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate chip cookie dough. Baked to perfection, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars NEED to be on your dessert table.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars: one of the most amazing pumpkin recipes this season!

So last week I told you about my pumpkin baking woes. This week, my kitchen was on fire! Okay, maybe not the right analogy. My kitchen was rocking the pumpkin, and it all turned out delicious! I’ve got five new pumpkin recipes (with more in the works) ready to share this month!

As a food blogger, I’m always wondering when is the “right” time to share recipes for the next season or holiday. You hate to be like Target and have Christmas stuff out in August. But, you don’t want to wait too long to share your favorite Easter treats because people plan their menus early (and so much of what we do as food bloggers relies on social media to help our photos/posts spread).

So, this year, I waited until after Labor Day to start sharing pumpkin on the blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been tweeting, instagramming and facebooking pumpkin photos for weeks now! But here on my site, today’s recipe is the first pumpkin recipe of the season.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars: one of the most amazing pumpkin recipes this season!

And it’s a doozy. If doozy is a good thing, that is.

I wanted to make a batch of these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars last year, but never got around to it (the season ended before I had the chance). So instead, I made this spring version with pastel candies. In that version I also used a homemade cookie recipe.

Today. I cheated. I used a family size roll of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. And you better not even think about judging me, because one bite of these cookie bars and you’d never know I cheated. The middle cheesecake filling is sweet and creamy like cheesecake should be! It also has a delicious pumpkin flavor with all the great spices that pair so nicely with pumpkin pie. And of course, these bars are not complete without the crunch of the graham cracker layer holding it all together.

ENJOY!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 18 full size crackers)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 2 package (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin (canned, NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

For the cookie dough:

  • 1 package (30oz) refrigerated Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Directions:

  1. For the crust, pulse graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs. Add sugar and melted butter, pulse until blended.
  2. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Press crumbs into bottom of pan until evenly pressed.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cheesecake layer ingredients for 3-5 minutes until blended and smooth. Pour over crust layer.
  4. Either make your own cookie dough using this recipe for the cookie layer. Or (CHEAT ALERT!!!) use the refrigerated cookie dough and crumble the dough over the cheesecake layer.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes, center may still seem wiggly, it's okay.
  6. Cool pan completely, then refrigerate for 3-4 hours (or overnight). Once completely chilled, cut into bars and enjoy.
  7. Store cookie bars in refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, freeze in an airtight container until later.

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The most delicious layered cookie bars you'll eat this year! Graham cracker crust topped with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate chip cookie dough. Baked to perfection, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars NEED to be on your dessert table.

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60 comments on “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars”

  1. I can’t believe it’s September, and I haven’t bought a single can of pumpkin! I’m buying one today!

  2. Those look fantastic! I am excited about all thing fall but last night while shopping some of the stores had Christmas decorations out!

  3. This recipe is too easy not to whip up immediately! So good!!!

  4. Mir

    I hear you about rushing the seasons, but no problem with this one! I think anyone would be crazy not to make this any time of year! It’s amazing, thick and delicious!

  5. Bring on the pumpkin! I bet these are the best cookie bars I will eat this year. Love that cheesecake filling!

  6. Love that you cheated with the pre made dough! Can’t wait to try them out!

  7. You’ve outdone yourself again. And I’m undoing my belt after the pictures alone. OH MY GOODNESS!

  8. Oh my! These bars were the first thing I saw this morning. I will be dreaming about them all day long!

  9. I want all the pumpkin things! Pumpkin + cheesecake = best thing ever!

  10. What a great recipe to start pumpkin season with!

  11. Perfect way to kick off pumpkin season!! I’m so excited for fall flavors!

  12. So excited to bring pumpkin into my kitchen for the season! These bars look seriously moist and delicious!

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  14. I could eat pumpkin any time of the year, but that’s just me… I just baked my first pumpkin recipe for this fall though and the aroma was so welcome… The cheesecake layer on your bars looks so rich and pumpkin!

  15. Woo hoo for all things pumpkin happening here now!!! I love a good pumpkin recipe…especially one with cheesecake. Would you believe me if I said I have one very similar to this coming soon too? Of course you would because we always make similar things…twin brains!

  16. Those pumpkin chocolate chip bars look amazing!

  17. Yay, bring on the pumpkin – I love fall flavors and can eat pumpkin all year round 🙂 These bars look fantastic! Pumpkin and cheesecake are so amazing together and perfect for kicking off the pumpkin season 🙂 Pinning!

  18. So many great layers of flavors in these babies! Something to hit every craving, all in one bar! pinned 🙂

  19. I felt like I ended last week kicking and screaming about pumpkin recipes so early and now find myself dreaming of pumpkin treats to make! Love these Aimee.

  20. AMAZING! Am definitely making a batch of these, love your “cheat”…don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!!!! 🙂

  21. Hold the phone. Pumpkin. Chocolate Chip. Cheesecake. All of my favorite things in one bar?!? Yum!

  22. I have yet to dive into pumpkin recipes, but I am starting to warm up to the idea despite the highs still being in the 90s here. I may have to stock up on pumpkin just in case there’s a shortage by the time it cools down here! I’d hate to miss out on trying these.

  23. Hi. My name is Jessica and I have a cheesecake problem. I am also completely in denial about fall nearly being here, but may begin to embrace it for this pumpkin-y goodness!

  24. omg for a second I thought you were saying your kitchen was literally on fire and I freaked out. Phew. Glad to know it was the fire of awesome pumpkin glory instead. These cheesecake bars are freakin’ glorious, Aimee, and I’m pinning them immediately for all my Fall baking needs! 😀

  25. Doozy is definitely a good thing! And you weren’t kidding 🙂 Go big or go home, especially after so many years of blogging, and you nailed these! Pinned!

  26. Were getting closer to fall, and I think this will be my first fall bar of the year!

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  28. lovely place.. dear~ You have so many wonderful chocolate collection, do try to visit mineChocolate Recipes when time permits
    Love ~ monu Teena

  29. These look fantastic! I pinned and stumbled. I think I might have to try to make these soon.

  30. Holy smokes girl!! These look incredible!!

  31. Oh my, Beautiful bars! If the rest of pumpkin season looks like this, count me in all month long!

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  34. Anne

    I made these twice this month. Both times foolproof perfection. The first time shared them at meeting, recipe was asked for and I had to send it out. The second time for my husband’s work this week. Can’t wait to hear what they think. Thanks for easy yummy recipe.

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  40. Ami

    Do you think I could sub out graham crackers with crushed biscoff cookies?

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  43. Carole Mcsurdy

    Were there supposed to be eggs in the cheesecake layer? I have never made cheesecake with out eggs. In the oven now but added 2 eggs. After I put it in the oven I started second guessing myself for putting the eggs in. It is baking as I type. Have my fingers crossed as it is for tomorrows ladies swim and wine night.

  44. Tess

    I made the pumpkin cheesecake bars for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit! Is there a way I could make them with peppermint flavor instead of pumpkin spice? What would I need to substitute?

  45. Addie

    Can you replace the canned pumpkin and spices with pumpkin pie filling or no? Thanks. 

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