There’s something about chocolate that just elevates pumpkin and those pumpkin spice flavors. Now don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin all on it’s own. But pumpkin and chocolate together just feels … decadent. And that’s exactly what these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are: pure decadence.
For the crust:
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (chocolate fudge is great for this recipe, but you can also use Devil’s Food or anything you prefer)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
- 1 egg
For the filling
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
- 3 eggs
- 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spices
- pinch of salt
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Spray a 13 X 9 pan with cooking spray
- Make crust first by mixing cake mix, butter, and 1 egg in a medium bowl
- Press crust into bottom of pan
- In a separate bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, pumpkin and eggs until batter is mixed well
- Add vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips. Mix well.
- Pour on top of crust
- Bake 50-55 minutes until most set
- Let cool completely and store in refrigerator
They make use of a shortcut with a boxed cake mix crust and go in the oven in no time, but they taste purely homemade, and rich, and delicious.
These make a great dessert for Halloween or Thanksgiving, and would be wonderful for fall potlucks and church suppers. They are less fragile and easier to transport than a pie or layer cake, and they stay rich and moist for several days, so you can prepare them in advance.
What about you? What is your favorite fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving recipe? Do you like to make delicious homemade dishes or do you prefer shortcuts that don’t sacrifice flavor?