Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust

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Creamy, rich Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice! 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust | Creme de la Crumb

I’ve come to a conclusion. Pumpkin + gingerbread flavors were made for each other. In that peanut butter + jelly, milk + cookies, cupcakes + sprinkles kind of way.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingerbread Crust | Creme de la Crumb

The crust on these cheesecake bars is where. it’s. at. Made with gingersnap cookie crumbs, butter, cinnamon and sugar – I could eat the whole thing straight up, no cheesecake layer required.

But the truth is that we are adding a cheesecake layer. A pumpkin cheesecake layer. Why? Because we can and it makes that gingersnap crust just that much more incredible.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingerbread Crust | Creme de la Crumb

And look, I’ll even let you have the first bite…

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingerbread Crust | Creme de la Crumb

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust | Creme de la Crumb

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Gingersnap Crust

Creamy, rich pumpkin cheesecake bars with chewy gingersnap crust, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice!
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


  • 40 gingersnap cookies
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled mostly

Cheesecake Layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • whipped cream,
  • chopped pecans (I used Diamond of California pecan bits),
  • pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil and lightly grease.
  • In a food processor combine the gingersnap cookies, sugar, and cinnamon and pulse until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter and pulse again until mixture is completely moistened.
  • Press gingersnap mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While crust is baking, prepare the cheesecake layer.
  • Mix together egg and sugar until light and foamy. Add cream cheese, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour over baked crust.
  • Return pan to oven for 25-30 minutes until cheesecake layer is set. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 10-25 minutes, then transfer to fridge to chill completely. Cut into squares and top with whipping cream, chopped nuts, and sprinkled cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and serve.
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Hi. DOes this double nicely for a big crOwd?? If so, if i double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan, what will the Cooking time be fOr the crust and then the entire cheesecake?

2 stars
Thank you for the recipe. Your version looks delicious, but here are a few things I wish were written out here for clarification, bc Mine did not turn out: There are many types of gingersnap cookies. The 40 cookies I used I guess were too large bc it turned out to be way too many for the crust. roughly what should the 40 cookies yield in cups? Secondly, you must make sure the cream cheese is completely softened or batter will be lumpy. Third, It is finished when slightly jiggly still in the middle. it needs to cool at room temp for about an hour and be refrigerated ideally overnight or at least 6 hours to set. i really wish i’d known that, bc I made these for an xmas party day of and they didn’t have time to chill adequately. bc of the crust and lack of chill time i couldn’t use them.

    Hi Mary- sorry to hear that you weren’t completely satisfied with this recipe. I haven’t experienced the issues that you ran into, but thank you for sharing your input.

These were delicious! Made exactly as written and tUrned out perfectly.

    So thrilled to hear that! Thanks, Monica!

5 stars
DELICIOUS! I dOubled the recipe…worked great. Can the bars be FROZEN?

    Yes, I think they could!

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