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Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Enjoy this holiday dessert without worrying about calories. Plus it is so luscious that no one will guess that it is light!—Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 11 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 7-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. For filling, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add egg; beat on low just until combined. Remove 3/4 cup batter to a small bowl; stir in pumpkin and brown sugar until well blended.
  • 3. Pour plain batter over crust. Drop pumpkin batter by tablespoons over plain batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 117 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"I did not use low fat ingredients. These were pretty good. I added just a little more pumpkin and some pumpkin spice, and had to bake way longer than the recipe 20-30 minutes longer! And I don't think the butter for the crust is enough either. My crust didn't set. Served it with whipped cream, and we both said yummy! I'll make them again but will double the recipe, triple the pumpkin, add spice and nutmeg, and use more butter for the crust."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I thought these bars were just ok. First off, they do NOT come out as thick as in the picture. There didn't seem to be enough batter to spread throughout the pan. And I even added a little extra pumpkin. The pumpkin portion could have used a little pumpkin spice in it. I probably wouldn't bother to make them again since I didn't think they were anything that special."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"Good, had to bake longer than stated minutes. Would make again for cheesecake lovers."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"You should be able to use full fat ingredients without issue."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"I don't want to use reduced fat ingredients. Do I use the same measurements or is there a need to change them?"

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