Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Makes 16 bars.
Preparation Method
Print Friendly and PDF

These luscious bars are a twist on pumpkin pie with a hint of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

This recipe comes courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking Cookbook. Click here to browse our classic Almanac cookbooks!


1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

For crust: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well with your hands. Add the melted butter, stir well with a fork, then rub the mixture together with your fingers until evenly mixed. Press the mixture with your fingertips to form a level layer on the bottom of the prepared pan with a lip extending about 1/4 inch up the sides. Bake for 8 minutes on the center oven rack. Cool on a rack.  Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg
3/4 cup mashed or canned pumpkin
1/3 cup heavy cream

For filling: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, gradually adding the 2/3 cup of sugar. Beat in the egg and egg yolk, until smooth, then blend in the vanilla. Mix the cornstarch, spices, and additional 1 tablespoon of sugar in a separate small bowl. Slowly beat the spice mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Beat in the pumpkin and heavy cream until evenly blended. Pour the filling over the crust. Bake on the center oven rack for 40 to 45 minutes. When done, the filling will have risen and it will not be loose or liquid when you move the pan. Cool on a rack.

Topping (Optional):

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar

For the topping: While the bars are slightly warm, combine the sour cream and sugar in a small saucepan. Warm the mixture over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it becomes thin enough to pour. Do not overheat or boil. Pour the topping over the center of the bars. Immediately tilt the pan in all directions, to cover evenly. Finish cooling, then cover the pan with foil and chill for at least 4 hours before slicing.

About The Author

Ken Haedrich

Ken Haedrich is one of America’s leading baking authorities and a prolific writer—the author of 17 cookbooks and hundreds of magazine articles. Ken has received numerous accolades for his work and is the recipient of The Julia Child Cookbook Award. Read More from Ken Haedrich

No content available.