You’re going to love these layered pumpkin pie cheesecake bars. They’ve got a graham cracker crust, a layer of cheesecake and a layer of pumpkin pie on top!
I think it’s probably pretty obvious, but pumpkin desserts are a favorite of mine! It’s taken quite some time for certain members of my family to get on board, but recipes like this one have slowly converted them. These pumpkin pie cheesecake bars are a combination of two holiday classics: pumpkin pie and traditional cheesecake. They’re thick, sweet and FULL of fall spices. While these do require a bit of extra work, they are totally worth it!! (check out an easy version here)
You can easily double this recipe to fit a 9×13-inch pan. It’s a great dessert to take to parties or gatherings, especially if you want to impress your friends and family. I mean, look at those perfect layers right there! Yummm.
These were loved by everyone who tried them. We shared them with friends and I was immediately asked when I was going to share this recipe. That’s how you know it’s a good one! If you love pumpkin layered desserts, you should give this one a try! Happy baking 🙂
How to store Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars?
Once these bars have cooled in the refrigerator, they should be kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
They will keep for 2 or 3 days and still look good, but they will still be good if kept in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days.
Can you freeze these Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars?
Yes, you can freeze these Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars for up to 2 months. This is a great way to make ahead a dessert for Thanksgiving. Simply make the bars as directed in the recipe and cool in the refrigerator as directed for 4 hours. Then, cover them tightly with a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. And use a marker to write the name of the dessert and date on the foil. The top layer can crack a bit if they are frozen too long or not covered well, so freeze this recipe with caution. The night before you want to serve these, place the pan in the fridge to thaw overnight. Depending on the temperature of your fridge it may take up to 12 hours. Just before serving, optionally garnish with whip cream and pumpkin pie spice.
Layered Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bars Recipe
For the Crust
- 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 5 tbsp butter - melted
For the Cheesecake Layer
- 8 oz cream cheese - softened
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
For the Pumpkin Layer
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar - packed
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch cream of tartar
For the Garnish
- whipped cream
- pumpkin pie spice
- In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and the melted butter. Press into a foil-lined 8x8-inch pan.
- In a small bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the eggs, mix just until combined, then pour over crust. Place in the oven and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until set. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, separate the three remaining eggs. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the yolks, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, milk, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Cook, whisking continuously (to prevent the eggs from scrambling) for 8-10 minutes or until mixture reaches 155°-160°. Remove from the heat, whisk in the vanilla extract.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water; let stand for 1 minute, then microwave for 30 seconds or until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir into pumpkin mixture; set aside.
- In the top of a double boiler, combine the granulated sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer set at low speed for 30 seconds, then set the pan over boiling water (the pan shouldn't touch the water). Beating at high speed, for about 7-9 minutes, or until it's stiff and glossy. Remove it from the heat, and beat an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Fold into the pumpkin mixture then spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour, then cover and refrigerate for an additional 3 hours or until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice; if desired.