Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars

Technically, I think these bars are supposed to be a dessert.

But if we’re being honest, I think they taste like pumpkin bread and so I ate them for breakfast.

Also, lunch and dinner, but that’s pretty much a given.ย  Hello, these are made with pumpkin; and since pumpkin is a fruit, it’s pretty much mandatory that you eat one for all three meals.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m not ashamed to rationalize inย just about any way I have to in order to eat as many pumpkin baked goods as I want.ย  Pumpkin is probably my very favorite thing about fall.

Every time I come home from the grocery store, I have another half-dozen cans of pumpkin.ย  And the Tall Boy just looks at me and says, “Didn’t you just buy pumpkin?”

The answer is yes. Yes, I did.

And I’m unapologetic about it, because I seem to use it in just about everything this time of year. Also, a few years ago, there was an actual pumpkin shortage and so I’ve been stockpiling ever since.

I’m not taking any chances.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bars
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
For the cream cheese layer:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add eggs, pumpkin, and oil; stir until combined. Spread batter into an ungreased 15x10 pan.
  3. Cream together cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and milk. Drizzle over pumpkin layer, using a knife to gently marble the mixtures. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in wire rack for two hours.
  5. Store bars in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
barely adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking, 2012

If you like pumpkin as much as I do, be sure to check out my other pumpkin posts:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Pumpkin Latte Coffee Cake

Have a great Tuesday!

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  1. Yum, I love pumpkin, too, so these are right up my alley! And you *know* they’d be breakfast for me, too! =)
    amy @ fearless homemaker recently posted..knitted vintage-inspired knot headband {craft}My Profile

  2. As long as you keep making delicious treats like these bars, I fully endorse stockpiling the pumpkin! Holy yum.
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Twix BitesMy Profile

  3. I am the same way. It may be dessert, but we all know I’m gonna eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And obviously dessert….because it IS dessert. Duh.
    Looks so moist and yummy!
    Back For Seconds recently posted..Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pretzel CookiesMy Profile

  4. YUM Ashley! I am obsessed with pumpkin this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ Question: the photos at the end…is that a plugin or did you do it by hand?
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Butterscotch Reeseโ€™s Pudding CookiesMy Profile

  5. YUM!!! I’ll take one for breakfast, lunch and dinner too!! I too have a pumpkin reserve ’cause you just never know when they might run out again ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos recently posted..{Baked} Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Cinnamon GlazeMy Profile

  6. LOVING the little recipe round up at the bottom girl! I love doing that – it brings older recipes back to life. ๐Ÿ™‚ And these swirly little pumpkin bars – I’m in heaven! I love cream cheese with my pumpkin! Or pumpkin with my cream cheese. And bars are SO much easier to bake than cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. They save my life!
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..death by chocolate peanut butter chip cookies.My Profile

  7. These look so good and delicious!! Iโ€™m going to have to give them a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. oooh!! Ashley I want these for breakfast lunch and dinner too!
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen recently posted..Apple Caramel Bread PuddingMy Profile

  9. I cannot get enough of pumpkin…latte’s, muffins, creamer, cupcakes, breads, whatever – bring it on!
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