Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Sharing the BEST pumpkin cheesecake bars today that make your upcoming Holiday gathering DELICIOUS! My Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are simple to prepare with perfect pumpkin spices and cream cheese frosting!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Fall baking season is always so much fun! These peanut butter pumpkin cheesecake bars will have your guests begging for the recipe. So easy to whip up, flavor packed with sweet pumpkin flavors and convenient to transport.

Be sure to try my Pumpkin Spice Oreo Fudge recipe too! Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

ingredients for pumpkin cheesecake bars

What You’ll Need

  • salted butter– I prefer using salted butter in my cooking and baking recipes, but unsalted butter works just fine here too.
  • light brown sugar– When shopping for brown sugar, you’ll notice there’s also dark brown sugar available. Either work great in this recipe.
  • granulated sugar– Granulated sugar helps sweeten the bars.
  • large egg– For consistency, I use large eggs for all of my cooking and baking.
  • pure vanilla extract– For best results always purchase the pure vanilla extract.
  • pumpkin puree- Double check when purchasing pumpkin puree that the can does not say pumpkin pie filling. Two very different products.
  • creamy peanut butter– Your favorite creamy peanut butter works great here. Often times I use the Skippy or Jif Natural.
  • all-purpose flour– The all-purpose flour is the main dry ingredient in the bars.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a coarse salt that is often times used in cooking and baking.
  • baking soda– The baking soda helps in rising the bars during baking.
  • baking powder– The baking powder also helps rise the bars during baking.
  • cream cheese– It is very important to make sure your cream cheese is softened before preparing the frosting. This will help get a creamy texture rather than lumpy if it’s not softened.
  • powdered sugar– The powdered sugar is used to help prepare the cream cheese frosting. It’s also referred to as Confectioners Sugar.

creaming butter and sugars for pumpkin cheesecake bars

How To Make Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. 
  2. Place butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl. Beat until well combined. Add egg and almond extract, stirring until combined. Add pumpkin puree and peanut butter, stirring to combine. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder until dough is formed. Transfer to baking dish, spreading evenly into bottom of pan. Bake for 27-30 minutes, until baked through. Remove from oven and let cool completely. 
  3. To prepare cream cheese frosting, place butter and cream cheese into a large mixing bowl. With a hand mixer or spoon, beat until well combined. slowly add powdered sugar until consistency is thick and creamy. Spread frosting over cooled bars and cut into squares to serve.

adding pumpkin and peanut butter for pumpkin cheesecake bars

Once butter and sugars are well combined add peanut butter and pumpkin puree.

adding dry ingredients to pumpkin cheesecake bars

Dry ingredients up next!

pumpkin cheesecake bars dough inside baking dish

Press pumpkin bars dough into bottom of parchment lined baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes, until cooked through. Remove and let cool completely.

 

cream cheese frosting in bowl

To prepare cream cheese frosting, place softened butter and softened cream cheese into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric hand mixer or spoon to beat well.

What If I Forgot To Soften My Cream Cheese In Advance?

While the oven is preheating, stick the cream cheese in the foil wrapping in oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and it should be warm and softened to use in recipe.

spreading cream cheese frosting over pumpkin cheesecake bars

Spread cream cheese frosting over cooled pumpkin bars.

frosted pumpkin bars

Cut pumpkin bars into squares and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

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How To Serve Pumpkin Bars

Serve pumpkin bars room temperature or chilled.

How to Store Pumpkin Bars

Store any leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

frosted pumpkin bars recipe

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are simple to prepare and a huge hit at any Holiday party or gathering!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 16
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • parchment paper
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon
  • knife to cut bars

Ingredients

  • 1 stick softened butter salted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract can substitute with vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 baking powder

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 stick softened butter salted
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl. Beat until well combined. Add egg and almond extract, stirring until combined. Add pumpkin puree and peanut butter, stirring to combine. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder until dough is formed. Transfer to baking dish, spreading evenly into bottom of pan. Bake for 27-30 minutes, until baked through. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • To prepare cream cheese frosting, place butter and cream cheese into a large mixing bowl. With a hand mixer or spoon, beat until well combined. slowly add powdered sugar until consistency is thick and creamy. Spread frosting over cooled bars and cut into squares to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 2588IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Responses
  1. Jaime

    Do you think this would turn out the same if I leave the peanut butter out? My son has a peanut allergy and these look amazing!

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