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Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 40 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


With plenty to feed a crowd, this pumpkin sheet cake with a chocolate cheesecake swirl is perfect for holiday gatherings!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a half sheet pan (13 by 18 inches) with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream sugar and oil together on medium speed, and then add eggs one at a time. Add pumpkin puree, and mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the flour and spice mixture to the pumpkin batter a little at a time, mixing on low speed and scraping down the sides as needed.
  5. Pour the pumpkin batter into the baking pan in an even layer, and clean the mixing bowl. Set aside.
  6. In a small microwavable bowl, heat 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir and then microwave 10 seconds at a time until they are completely melted.
  7. Add the melted chocolate and cream cheese to the mixing bowl, and mix on medium speed. Add the sugar, egg and milk and mix until well incorporated.
  8. Spoon dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the pumpkin batter and use a butter knife to swirl together.
  9. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips evenly over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate.


This recipe is slightly adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Pumpkin Recipes Issue 2016.


  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 110mg
  • Fat: 9.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 29mg

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