Pumpkin pie, carrot cake, and cheesecake are the ultimate fall mash-up when you make easy Pumpkin Carrot Raisin Cheesecake Bars. These bar cookies are easy to make because they begin with a cake mix and canned pumpkin. This delicious dessert is extremely rich so you may wish to cut the bars smaller than usual. Cut into bite-sized squares for a party dessert bar to feed a crowd.
Pumpkin Carrot Raisin Cheesecake Bars Recipe
1 cup raisins (see instructions)
1 box (about 18 ounces) spice cake mix
1 large egg, beaten
8 Tablespoons (1 stick or 1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
4 ounces (half of a large block) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup fine-grated carrots (use a microplane)
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar, divided use
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Soak raisins in hot water to cover for 15 minutes to plump them. Drain thoroughly and blot with a paper towel to dry. Set aside.
Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
By hand, combine cake mix, 1 egg, butter, and grated carrots. It may seem like you need some liquid, but do not add any. Just keep folding and pressing the mixture with a spatula until it forms a thick dough. Spoon into prepared pan and spread evenly into bottom of pan.
Sprinkle raisins evenly over crust base and press gently into the crust with spatula.
Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the plain batter.
Stir remaining 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into remaining batter.
Spoon the pumpkin batter evenly over crust. Drop dollops of the reserved plain batter over the pumpkin mixture. Cut through batters with knife, gently swirling for marble effect, taking care not to dislodge the crust.
Bake at 350 degrees F. about 45 minutes, until center is barely set. Cool to room temperature and slice into squares before serving.
Yield: 24 to 36 bars
Note: These bar cookies are extremely rich so you may wish to cut the bars smaller.
Pumpkin Carrot Raisin Cheesecake Bars Recipe Photo ©2019 Peggy Filippone