Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large rimmed baking sheet, which make them the perfect dessert to bake for a crowd this Fall!

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

The temperature is finally starting to come down, little by little. I’m getting eager to pull out my chunky scarfs and soft sweaters. Unfortunately, we probably still have a couple months before that will happen here in the desert. Which leads me to some exciting news! We’ve been looking for some property in the mountains to build ourselves a cabin, and I think we found that property yesterday!

It’s going to be a long process to build a cabin, but it’s something we are really looking forward to.

The property is at a higher elevation, which means it’s perfect for a cool summer escape or a cozy winter retreat. The property is over 31 acres, so it’s plenty big for us!

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

The only downside is that this property is so remote, that there is zero cell service, no electric, and no water. Truly off-grid.

It’s my husband’s dream, but I’m requiring some amenities so I can still get in the kitchen and bake up treats like these Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars!

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

These bars are so good! The pumpkin portion is a moist and fluffy pumpkin cake. Then you whip up a quick chocolate cheesecake batter and plop a few dollops over the pumpkin cake batter.

Watch how easy these are to make!

Use a knife to swirl in the cheesecake and then top it with a generous portion of mini chocolate chips!

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

I loved these bars so much! They were light and fluffy, and filled with that glorious pumpkin spice that I’m craving this Fall!

This recipe makes a large baking sheet full, so we thought it would be fun to share these bars with our neighbors. We packaged them up and delivered them all around. Everyone loved them, and we made sure to keep plenty for ourselves too.

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

If you’re looking for your first (or next) pumpkin recipe to bake this fall, let this one be it! You won’t regret it!

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Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large baking sheet, which make them perfect for taking to pot lucks and parties this Fall! I love that chocolate cheesecake swirled throughout too!

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are made on a large rimmed baking sheet, which make them the perfect dessert to bake for a crowd this Fall!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: makes 24 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For the Pumpkin Cake:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

For the Chocolate Swirl:

  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 8oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15″x10″x1″ baking sheet with tin foil, so the foil comes up and over the edges, and lightly coat with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the 4 eggs, can of pumpkin puree and vegetable oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour batter into prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer.

To make the Chocolate Swirl:

  1. Melt 1/2 cup of the mini chocolate chips in the microwave on 30 second bursts, until smooth. Beat the melted chocolate, cream cheese, sugar, egg and milk together until smooth.
  2. Drop dollops of the chocolate mixture all over the pumpkin cake and swirl into the cake with a knife. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips all over the cake.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely and cut into squares. Store in fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe inspired by Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking Nov. 2015 edition.

Keywords: chocolate, swirled, pumpkin, bar, cookie, chocolate chips

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars look so amazing! I love how easy they are to make too!
About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
14 Responses
  1. Erin

    These were awesome! Total hit at family potluck dinner. Loved how fluffy and moist the cake was! I didn’t have mini chips (which woulda made the bars look prettier) but still delicious with regular chips. Definitely will make again soon!

  2. carlaoffbeat

    Hi Shawn, I’m a long-time fan, but usually remain a lurker. I decided to share this feedback as it may help others. I live in a small apartment and don’t have a full-sized oven. I made the batter using the measurements listed, but had plenty left over since I had to use a much smaller baking pan. I poured the leftover batter into my muffin pan and baked them for about 13 minutes. While the muffins baked, I finished preparing the chocolate for the bars. Now I’ve got 6 delicious pumpkin muffins (or cupcakes??), plus the chocolate swirled bars! Thanks for another great recipe! Here’s a pic of both – http://oi66.tinypic.com/2zr26at.jpg

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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