Chocolate-Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- CHEESECAKE BATTER:
- 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, dissolve coffee in water. Stir in the pumpkin, eggs and chocolate mixture. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
- For cheesecake batter, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Beat in the sugar, vanilla and spices. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Spoon over chocolate batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the cheesecake portion. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Nutrition Facts1 each: 197 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.
Oct 11, 2018
Good flavors in this recipe. Like others said, expect a cake to come out of the oven. This will definitely not produce a fudgy brownie-like product. Way too much flower and leavening for that. A lot of the negative reviews seem to focus on how its not like a brownie or there's not enough cheesecake. Some modifications I would try are: -Go ahead and use a full stick of butter, and don't melt it. Soften it instead and then cream the sugar in before adding the other wet ingredients. -Cut way back on the baking soda. Maybe 1/4 teaspoon, and even then you may not need that. Creaming the sugar into the solid butter will help with lift. -I have a feeling some flower could be left out, but I'd have to play around with how much. -Use a sugar/brown sugar mix, maybe start with a 3/4:1/4 mix and go from there. -If you want more cheesecake, you could probably double it up but I think you'd really have to change the baking process. Probably bake the chocolate base first for a few minutes, then pour the cheesecake on top. Also I wouldn't try this with the stock recipe. You'll probably end up with a mess in the oven.
Oct 21, 2017
My kiddos declared they loved these bars. As others mentioned, I used a 13x9 pan, for a thicker bar. I agree, they should not be called cheesecake bars, they are surely a cake. The cheesecake layer, is maybe 1/4 of the bar thickness and that's in the 13x9 pan). That all said, good taste all around. I did bake a bit longer, by maybe 10 minutes, and they set perfectly. Would make again.
Dec 14, 2013
Disappointing. Description said brownie recipe - it would have been good if the cake part remotely tasted like brownie
Nov 12, 2013
Made these today and was disappointed. Used the 15x10x1 pan and baked for 25 minutes and yet the middle brownies were a ittle gooey. Husband said they were "OK" and that was probably better than I would have given them, the recipe is in the trash.
Nov 3, 2013
very good. I used milk chocolate chips because that was all I had on hand.
Sep 17, 2013
Great taste! I was a little disappointed that it was more cakey than cheesecake. I expected to have a mouthful of cheesecake and that wasn't the case. Very thin topping of cheesecake mix. I also used a 9x13 pan and it did take longer to cook but I just kept my eye on it. It's definetly better the next day after it is settled and chilled.
Dec 17, 2011
Made this for a party last night, great hit. I tried using a 13x9 pan instead and it took a lot longer to cook and the cheescake batter was too thick, but they still turned out great tasting!!
Dec 8, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
I modified it a bit. I used 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda sugar blend. I also used 1 cup white flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. The other modification was to use Smart Balance buttery spread as opposed to regular butter. By doing that I eliminated 5 calories per bar and 13 carbs!!! Each bar after modifications only had 11 sugars each! AND they were delicious!