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?
I am such a fan of pumpkin and these look so divine. I am going to try these out on my family. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
Jennifer Hiles says
They look so festive. They remind me of fall which is my favorite season. The name includes 3 things that I just love so I know this recipe has to rock!
Lisa R says
I have to try these, The look so bad for you but must be so awesome
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I have never heard of these before your post. I have got to try these thank you for posting the reicpe and have a great day.
I totally agree about pumpkin and chocolate – it’s a winning combination. My kids like pumpkin pancakes, but LOVE them when I toss in mini chocolate chips. These bars look gooey and delicious. I pinned the recipe!
Wendy Lindsey says
They look so uuuweee goooey, which btw happens to be my favorite texture for a desert! lol Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sleeping is going to be quite the challenge now that I have this image in my head. So love pumpkin!
Lisa M says
These look really good. I can’t wait to taste them.
My favorite is Sweet Potato Casserole. I only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I ought to make it more often, ’cause it’s my FAVORITE!
These look fabulous! Can’t wait to make a batch!
melissa teears says
Yummy! Looks easy enough for me to make. I am so going to try this for Thanksgiving.
Amanda Sakovitz says
These look incredible! I wish I wasnt on a diet lol
Shelly Sawicki Lash Neuhouser says
I am going to have to buy the ingredients tonight, so I can make this on the weekend, it sounds so good!
Wendy T says
Looks delicious. I’m sure we’d have it gone in no time flat :)
Janet W. says
Wow this looks filling and so delicious!! This is definitely the time of year where I start packing on the pounds, LOL!
ellen beck says
These look so rich and decadent. I adore cheesecake and these look fantastic *drool*
Tammy S says
This looks like a super combo! You can’t go wrong when you add cheesecake to something. Yum. I am all about finding shortcuts when I can. As long as the flavor is still amazing.
judy gardner says
oh my gosh! my three favorite things: pumpkin, cheesecake and chocolate! this has got to be a winner – thanks for sharing!!
Yidi S says
yum, will try it this weekend
Looks so yummy! I am going to try this recipe.
Linda Meyers-Gabbard says
Oh yum. This sounds absolutely fantastic. You come up with some of the most amazing recipes.