Swirled Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Bars

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by dicentra

From Sunset Magazine. Most pumpkin bars are topped with a cream cheese frosting. These swirl it right into the bar! ETA: I'm still on the hunt for a pumpkin pie like bar. These are more cake like, but very yummy!

Top Review by djafishfria

I really like this recipe. I wanted to use up some pumpkin, and make bars that I could wrap for selling at a food stand. These worked great, as the cream cheese added to the appearance and a good flavor, but it was well baked in so I didn't have to worry about the bars getting runny. Good flavor, and pretty easy to make. I made in a 9 by 13- no prob

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in 2 eggs, pumpkin, and 1/3 cup water until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg; stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended.
  3. Spread batter evenly in a buttered and floured 10- by 15-inch baking pan.
  4. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, remaining egg, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.
  5. Drop cream cheese mixture in 24 evenly spaced 1-tablespoon portions over batter.
  6. Pull a knife tip through filling to swirl slightly into batter.
  7. Bake in a 350° oven until center of pumpkin batter (not cream cheese mixture) springs back when touched, about 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely in pan, then cut into 24 bars.

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