The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are luxuriously creamy and rich, with lots of pumpkin flavor. Topped with a hefty amount of homemade cinnamon whipped cream.

After I made the Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake, I got so many requests to make an oven-baked version, that I got to work asap and make this layered Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. For more pumpkin flavor, check my Pumpkin Fudge and the most amazing Pumpkin Bread stuffed with cream cheese. If you want to go all-in, make this Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake, it’s guaranteed to impress.

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are my latest favorite fall dessert. They are irresistible, made of two layers: one is a classic vanilla cheesecake, and the second, is a very flavorful pumpkin cheesecake. This cheesecake basically combines the best of two worlds, and the vanilla cheesecake balances the pumpkin flavor in the most perfect way.

The cheesecake bars are topped with homemade cinnamon whipped cream, that is lighter in texture and works well with the fall flavors in this dessert. These easy and tasty Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a nice change from the classic Pumpkin Pie if you are looking for something more special to try this fall season.

You can also make this recipe in a large springform pan. You can skip the vanilla layer and mix the pumpkin puree into all the cheesecake batter, for a classic pumpkin cheesecake.

What do you need to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars?

For the graham crackers crust you will need:

  • Graham crackers crumbs
  • Brown sugar
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves
  • Butter
  • 9×13 inch non-stick pan

For the cheesecake layers you will need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar and cornstarch
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream and sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves, pumpkin spice

How to Make a gluten-free cheesecake crust?

  • Use almond meal instead of graham crackers.
  • A combination of quick oats and nuts works as well
  • Use gluten-free crushed cookies or gluten-free graham cracker crumbs

How to prevent cheesecake cracks:

  • Making sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature and well combined after mixed.
  • Adding flour or/and cornstarch to the batter.
  • Avoid opening the door oven while baking the cheesecake.
  • Watch the cheesecake closely to avoid over-baking it. When the sides are puffed and the center of the cheesecake is just slightly wobbly, the cheesecake is done.
  • Cooling the cheesecake in the oven, with the door slightly cracked is also very important, as the sudden change in temperature can cause cracks.
  • Bake the cheesecake in a water bath, its one of the most successful techniques to avoid cracks on your cheesecake.

How to fix cheesecake cracks:

  • You will need: 1) a small offset spatula or spoon 2) hot water 3) a kitchen towel.
  • Let the cheesecake completely cool and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or per recipe instructions. The cheesecake needs to be cold to be able to fix the cracks.
  • Use the spatula dipped into hot water (or you can use your fingers or a spoon) to gently push and press down in the area of the crack and spread to fill it in until the top is smooth.
  • Clean the spatula with the towel as needed.
  • Once finished, clean the offset spatula with the kitchen towel again, and dip it again into warm water and smooth the top of the cheesecake.
  • You can add a thin layer of sour cream topping if the cracks are small.
  • You can add a layer of whipped cream topping.

How to bake a cheesecake in a water bath:

  1. Wrap the outside of the springform pan in a double layer of foil, covering the bottom and sides of the pan, you need to cover the sides only from outside. This will prevent the cheesecake from water leaking in. If using a baking pan, there is no need to do this.
  2. Set the prepared pan in a large roasting pan that is deep enough to add water to it. Pour HOT water into the roasting pan, about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan.
  3. Transfer to a pre-heated oven and bake, until the center jiggles slightly like Jell-O, and the sides are puffed and a light golden brown. The residual heat will cook the center of the cheesecake. If the cheesecake doesn’t wobble a bit in the center, it means it has been over-baked, and most likely will crack.
  4. Cool the cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly cracked for one hour.

How to slice the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars:

  • Run a long, sharp thin-bladed slicing knife under hot tap water or dip it into a glass of hot water prior to slicing the cheesecake.
  • Wipe the knife clean and run it under hot water before making another cut.
  • An easy, mess-free way to cut even slices is to use cheese wire or unflavored dental floss. This method can be easily used on cheesecakes baked in a springform pan. Clean the bits that stuck to the wire/floss before every cut.

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Can you freeze Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars?

  • You can freeze the cheesecake BEFORE you top it with whipped cream.
  • Make sure the cheesecake has fully cooled and also was refrigerated for at least 6 hours.
  • Wrap cheesecake bars tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 2 to 3 months.

Tips for the tasty Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

  • You should use very soft cream cheese. If you want, you can microwave it around 30 seconds – this way it will soften really quickly.
  • Remember that bars should be fully chilled before you slice them. 
  • You can store these bars up to 3 days, however, keep in mind that whipped cream should be added right before serving. 

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

The Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are luxuriously creamy and rich, with lots of pumpkin flavor. Topped with a hefty amount of homemade cinnamon whipped cream.
4.98 from 45 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chill: 5 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 524kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (melted)

Cheesecake Batter:

  • 4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pumpkin Layer:

  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Adjust the top rack to be positioned in the middle of the oven.

Cheesecake Crust:

  • Lightly coat a 9x13-inch pan with baking spray and set aside.
  • Add the "Crust" ingredients to a large bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a measuring cup, press the crust and try to line the sides about to the middle of the pan edges.
  • Refrigerate or best freeze for at least 20 minutes.

Cheesecake Batter:

  • Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy on medium-low speed.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients from the "Cheesecake Batter" list and continue beating until well combined and creamy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Remove crust from freezer and pour 1/2 of the cheesecake batter mixture into the prepared pan. Return to freezer for about 1 hour, the layer needs to freeze enough to be able to pour the pumpkin layer on top of it.
  • Set aside the remaining half of cheesecake batter. It will be used for the pumpkin layer.

Pumpkin Layer:

  • Add the "Pumpkin Layer" ingredients to the remaining half of cheesecake batter that you previously set aside, and whisk to fully combine. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Remove cheesecake from the freezer and pour the pumpkin layer on top. Level the top with a spatula.

Bake:

  • Read the post for "water bath" tips if you want to bake the cheesecake using a "water bath".
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about one hour.
  • Try not to open the door to the oven. At the 45 minute mark check on the cheesecake if its done. A small area in the center should wobble slightly and the edges should be puffed and light golden brown.
  • Turn oven off and prop open oven door and leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven for one hour.

Chill:

  • After one hour, remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for about 2 hours, until the cheesecake is cool enough to be transferred to the refrigerator.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 6-24 hours.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:

  • Add cream, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon to a large bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whisk on slow - medium speed, gradually increasing to high speed. Mix until soft peaks form and the whipped cream holds its shape.
  • Add the whipped cream to a pastry bag, fitted with a star piping tip and pipe it onto cheesecake bars right before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 7960IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg
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Linda

"This cheesecake is perfect." This is a direct quote from my brother in law. I made it for Thanksgiving and then was asked to make it for Christmas and then again for new years eve. I followed the recipe exactly including the optional pumpkin pie spice which I thought made this delicious. I meant to leave you a note to say thank you for posting such a wonderful, tasty, easily made recipe. I agree with my brother in law. It is perfect.

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Hi Linda, I am very happy that you and your brother in law loved it! Thank you for your feedback!

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Meredith

2 things: What are your thoughts on making this early and freezing it? And... if you leave the cheesecake mixture out of the pumpkin purée, is there anything else you should add to the pumpkin? Thanks!

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Yes, these actually freeze really well. If you leave our the cheesecake out of the pumpkin you just have pumpkin puree, which is not ideal. I reccomend following the recipe as is, it is very good!

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Maureen

Can these bars be made in advance and frozen?

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yes!

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Robin Werner

I was wondering if you have ever cut the the cheesecake bars into rounds with a cookie or biscuit cutter? I want to serve this as miniature rounds for a luncheon, do you think it will hold up to slicing through with a cookie cutter?

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Yes, it will.

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Jutta

Amazing took a long time to make the bars but well worth it sorry have no pic , the bars we’re gone so fast that I had no chance to take a pic thank you for that delicious recipe.

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Jb

I just made this and I’m so excited. I can’t wait for thanksgiving to take a bite. But, I do have a question. When you put it in the refrigerator, do you put a cover in it?

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I usually don't put a cover on it, sometimes I just put some foil on top, so it does NOT tough the cheesecake.

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Ashley

Really tasty! And super easy recipe to follow! Just wanted to ask if this freezes well? Thank you

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