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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a handheld version of a fall favorite, crowned with a buttery streusel topping.

Three pumpkin cheesecake bars, each topped with whipped cream, on a white plate

I can’t resist pumpkin desserts, but sometimes I want something more than the standard pumpkin pie. 

One of my favorite things to eat in the fall is pumpkin cheesecake, so of course I had to make these pumpkin cheesecake bars.

You might be familiar with my cookie dough cheesecake bars, and these are just as scrumptious. Handheld cheesecake with a buttery streusel topping? Sign me up!

Pumpkin cheesecake bar ingredients arranged on a marble countertop


I’m sure you’ve had streusel topping on your favorite baked goods, whether it’s apple pie or a big bakery muffin.

Streusel is a crumbly topping made with flour, one or more sugars, and butter.

You can use granulated sugar, brown sugar, or a mix of both. Oats are often added, as are chopped nuts, cinnamon, or other spices.

Pumpkin cheesecake bar crust mixed together in a white mixing bowl on a marble countertop

Streusel topping is mixed just until it is crumbly. Depending on what you’re making, you might want smaller crumbs, such as for a crust, or larger crumbs for a pie or muffin topping.

Once baked onto your favorite desserts, just try to resist eating all of those buttery crumbs first!

Ingredients for pumpkin cheesecake bar filling about to be mixed together in a white mixing bowl


This pumpkin bars recipe is similar to my maple streusel cheesecake bars, but I’ve used a shortcut ingredient: oatmeal cookie mix.

Combine the cookie mix with graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and pecans. Cut in the butter until it forms crumbles and looks a bit like wet sand.

Unbaked pumpkin cheesecake bars in a white baking dish

Save 1 cup of the mixture. It will become your crumb topping. 

The rest gets pressed into your baking dish. You want to make sure it is evenly pressed so that the crust has the same height all around. 

The flat bottom of a measuring cup or even a glass works great for pressing in the crust.

Bake the crust at 350°F for about 10 minutes to firm up and create a sturdy base for the cream cheese filling.

Baked pumpkin cheesecake bars in a white baking dish, set on a wire rack to cool

Gather your ingredients for the filling:

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pumpkin puree — not pumpkin pie filling!
  • All-purpose flour
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Ground ginger
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. You can also beat the cream cheese before adding the sugar, just to break it up a little. This helps the sugar blend in.

Add the rest of the filling ingredients and beat until blended and smooth. Pour it all over your baked crust and spread to the edges.

Sprinkle on the reserved streusel topping and pop the pan into the oven to bake until set. You’ll know it’s done when the center is no longer jiggly and the topping is nicely browned.

Let the bars cool for 30 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for about 2 hours, until completely cooled and firmed up.

When you’re ready to serve, slice into squares and top with whipped cream!

Close up of a pumpkin cheesecake bar with a bite taken out of it


Due to the cream cheese, pumpkin cheesecake bars must be stored in the refrigerator. 

Keep the pan covered in plastic wrap, or slice and store in smaller containers. If you need to stack the bars, place a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.

Two pumpkin cheesecake bars on a white plate, with cups of coffee in the background

Pumpkin cream cheese bars will last in the refrigerator for about 5 days. 

For longer storage, freeze individual slices. Store in airtight containers and thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

If you need an even quicker dessert, try my no bake cranberry cheesecakes or pumpkin eclair cake. Both are great options for entertaining!

White plate with three pumpkin cheesecake bars in front of a cup of coffee
Close up of a pumpkin cheesecake bar with a bite taken out of it

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a handheld version of a fall favorite, crowned with a buttery streusel topping.


  • 1 pouch (17.5 ounce) Betty Crocker® Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 4 ½ sheets of graham crackers, crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • Whipped cream, for topping


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, stir together cookie mix, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon and pecans. Cut in butter, using a pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly and looks like wet sand. (Or, use a food processor.) Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining filling ingredients; beat until well blended. Pour over warm cookie base. Sprinkle with reserved topping.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Cool 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. 
  4. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Serve with dollops of whipped cream. Store covered in refrigerator.


From Betty Crocker

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Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 123Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 31mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 2g

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Wednesday 3rd of March 2010

These are the best. I've made them several times and people love them...sold a batch at a bake auction for $30. :)


Sunday 29th of November 2009

this looks so freakin yummy!

I'll have to pick up the ingredients this week, to give it a try.


Monday 23rd of November 2009

Had a scary incident this past weekend. A little while back, I had bought 2 large cans of the solid pack pumpkin for pies. It's Thanksgiving and we can't have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pies at our house! But, I needed to make some soup for a church function and decided on a recipe for pumpkin soup that sounded really good (and it was!). I used the pumpkin I had knowing I could just get more at the store. NOT! My grocery store was OUT of pumpkin. Something about a flood, and they would be out until December 1! I called my sister and fortunately, she was able to buy some for me. She saved Thanksgiving. Look for the Claymation holiday special coming to ABC Family next year: The Sister Who Saved Thanksgiving with Pumpkin.

But anyone who hasn't bought some pumpkin yet, better look right away in case you have to search the area!

Jules and Ruby

Saturday 21st of November 2009

YUMMM...can't wait to try these. i might even have to eat this for breakfast.


Thursday 19th of November 2009

These look great! Anything with a streusel topping is a plus in my book!

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