I saw this recipe several months ago on the Everyday Baking website. I knew right away this was one that I wanted to try for our Christmas party. I made it for Thanksgiving to make sure that we like it and we did. Everyone thought that is was great and it looks really nice. I like it because you can cut the pieces as big or small as you need.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
For the Crust:
- 20 chocolate wafer cookies or use chocolate graham crackers
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Filling:
- 2 packages bar cream cheese, (8 ounces each)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin puree
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice ( I used just cinnamon)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside. If you are going to serve these on a platter do this step. It makes them much prettier when you cut them.In a food processor, blend cookies with sugar until finely ground (you should have about 1 cup crumbs); add butter, and pulse until moistened. (or do this by hand)
Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and press gently into bottom. Bake until slightly firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Place cream cheese in food processor or mixer and blend until smooth. Add sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, flour, pumpkin-pie spice, and salt; process until combined. Set aside.
Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add 1 cup pumpkin mixture; stir to combine. Set aside.
Pour remaining pumpkin mixture into prepared pan. Drop dollops of chocolate mixture onto pumpkin mixture; swirl. Bake until cheesecake is set but jiggles slightly when gently shaken, 40 to 45 minutes.
Cool in pan. Cover and chill until firm, at least 2 hours (and up to 2 days). Using overhang, transfer cake to work surface. With a knife dipped in water, cut into 16 squares. Serve.