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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Jessie M
These pumpkin swirl cheesecake bars are easy to make and have the perfect soft cheesecake texture. Pumpkin and vanilla cheesecake swirled together atop a graham cracker crust.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Course dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 bars



  • 1/4 C salted butter melted
  • 1 & 1/4 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Cheesecake Batter

  • 16 oz full fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 C heavy cream at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  • Set oven to 325 F and line a square 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure the paper slightly overhangs on the sides. This will allow you to easily remove the cheesecake from the pan.


  • In a medium sized bowl mix the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter together until well combined. The mixture will have the texture of wet sand.
    2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 & 1/4 C graham cracker crumbs
  • Add the crumb mixture into your lined baking pan and using your hands or bottom of a measuring cup press and smooth the crumbs together evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake crust in the oven for 9 minutes. After remove and let cool to room temperature.

Cheesecake Batter

  • Using your stand mixer or hand held mixing beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth, this takes about 3 minutes.
    16 oz full fat cream cheese
  • Add in the sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed until well combined. Scraping down the bowl as needed.
    3/4 C white sugar, 1/4 C heavy cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add in the two eggs and mix just till combined on a low speed.
    2 large eggs
  • Scoop out 1 cup worth of the vanilla cheesecake batter and set aside.
  • To the large bowl add in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice and mix on a low speed until combined.
    1 C pumpkin puree, 1 & 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Assembling the Cheesecake

  • Add half the pumpkin cheesecake batter over top of the graham cracker curst. Spreading it evenly.
  • Spoon dollops of the vanilla cheesecake on top. Then add on the remaining pumpkin cheesecake on top. Lastly, add more spoonfuls of the vanilla cheesecake on top. (See pictures above)
  • Next, take a butter knife and gently trace lines horizontally and then vertically. This will give your cheesecake the swirled marble effect.
  • Before going in the oven lightly tap the pan on the counter a few times. This will release any air bubbles that are trapped.
  • Bake cheesecake for 40-45 minutes or until edges are stiff and the middle is just a little jiggly.
  • Remove pan from the oven and let fully cool to room temperature.
  • Once at room temperature, move the cheesecake into the fridge. Let chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or over night.
  • To serve, remove the chilled cheesecake from the fridge. Gently lift it from the pan using the overhanging parchment. Use a sharp knife to slice, be sure to wipe down the knife after each cut to get a clean cut.
  • Enjoy!


Cheesecake should be stored in the fridge. The cheesecake will stay good up to three days after baking.
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