Tuesday, October 7

One Bowl Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I have a pretty incredible husband. I feel like every night there is something I am apologizing for not doing during the day. I feel so bad on the days he comes home and the house isn't spotless, or the kids are fighting, dinner is not made.

Tonight, I texted him at at 8pm (he doesn't get home till 9:30-10pm most days) "Hun, I'm sorry. The house is horrible. I've been so busy all day being the super mom that plays games, reads books and does crafts AND catching up on all of my blog stuff." His reply?

"That's ok. I'd rather have the super mom, baker and blogger wife than a clean house" 

He is a keeper.
But he might change his mind when he sees the damage I did to the kitchen today developing new pumpkin recipes! 

Today for #30DaysOfPumpkin, I'm sharing my new favorite version of cheesecake. Chocolate chip cookie bars topped with the creamiest, pumpkin cheesecake topping, that is just delightful. The color was perfectly orange, though for whatever reason, I could not get the color right in our dark lighting. So don't be fooled, the bars are orange and not this light in color. 

The other great part of these bars, is that they are EASY. One bowl! I turned to my favorite store bought cookie dough for the bottom layer (thank you Pillsbury!) and the topping is just whisked together quickly by hand and dumped on topped of the cookie dough. Bake, refrigerate, and viola. Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!
I brought these guys, to my husband's work to feed his employees and co-workers. They got a lot of praise, so be sure to make these asap! They won't disappoint!

One Bowl Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1 package Pillsbury refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (the kind that is tube shaped!)
2 packages of cream cheese, room temperature 
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp cardamom
1 tbs vanilla extract 
1/4 tsp salt 
Preheat oven to 350. 
Press cookie dough in the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan. There is exactly enough cookie dough to cover the pan, if its pressed thinly, so make sure to use every last drop. Don't eat a spoonful! I know that's tempting.   
In a mixing bowl, whisk cream cheese with pumpkin puree, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add in each egg one at a time. 
Once incorporated, mix in cardamom, vanilla and salt. 
Pour over uncooked cookie dough. 
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake just jiggles a tad. 
Open oven door, and allow cake to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing and enjoying!   


  1. I'd take these over a tidy house too!

  2. These look fabulous. And I love that they're only one bowl!

  3. Hi there, I love your recipes and I can't wait to try them all! But as I'm in Brazil, its hard for me to get the right amount of some products ( like when you say a pack of cream cheese or cookie dough). If its not too much trouble, it would be nice if you could also state the accurated mesure, in gr or cup etc. Many thanks

    1. 16.5 oz of cookie dough and in the US a package of cream cheese = 8 oz.

    2. It says One Bowl Pumpkin Cheesecake ""Chocolate Chip"" Cookie Bars but no Chocolate Chips in the recipe!?? O.o Where are they??

  4. You say one bowl, I say heck yeah! Fewer dirty dishes makes me happy. Although, just about every time I bake or cook, there are TONS of dirty dishes. I guess I'm messy that way. :)

    LOVE these bars, Carrie. They look so SO good!

  5. Carrie, these bars look like the perfect fall treat, oh my goodness! And, I have a feeling your hubby will love you just as much since you made these… Who cares about a messy house anyway?! If he starts to complain about it, just shove one of these bars in his mouth ;-)

  6. It says One Bowl Pumpkin Cheesecake ""Chocolate Chip"" Cookie Bars but no Chocolate Chips in the recipe!?? O.o Where are they??

    1. Nvm - I see it... duurrr 1 package Pillsbury refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (the kind that is tube shaped!) :)

  7. Craving all of the chocolaty deliciousness of these cheesecake brownies right now, they look SO good.

  8. I'm in charge of making a dessert for our family's potluck Thanksgiving dinner. I am totally making these, they look delicious!

  9. Holy moly these look sooo good!!! Perfectly easy too!

  10. Do you spray the pan with a non-stick cooking spray like Pam?

  11. Do you need to spray the pan with a non-stick spray like Pam?