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Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Swirl Bars #pumpkinweek

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I have to admit, when I decided to make these pumpkin bars, I knew I wasn't going to start with a spice cake mix.  Why?  Because I have a long history of not being to find a spice mix when I want to make these bars. Instead, these pumpkin bars start with an easy-to-find yellow cake mix.  From there I add my own delicious spices to get the flavor I want!

Since these do start with a cake mix, I am able to control the sugars in them by choosing a sugar-free mix if I want. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't.  The ones I made this week are with a regular cake mix. Still, they are not too sweet, which brings out the pumpkin flavor!

For fun, I love to sprinkle on a few of the wonderful sprinkle creations of Sweet & Treat. They know their sprinkles! 

Yield: 24

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Swirl Bars

Easy pumpkin bars made with a cake mix. Delicious and not-too-sweet!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 50 M


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 t Penzey's cake spice
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 c chopped candied pecans
The Swirl
  • 1 oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 T powdered sugar


How to cook Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Swirl Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line 9 by 13 pan with parchment.
  3. Beat cake mix, pumpkin, and spices until well incorporated.
  4. Add 3/4 of the pecans and mix well.
  5. Pour 2/3 of the batter into the pan. Batter will be thick.
  6. Beat cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, egg, and spice until well incorporated.
  7. Scoop cream cheese using a melon baller and place in random spots over the pumpkin batter.
  8. Pour the remaining batter on top of the cream cheese and cover the cream cheese.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining pecans on top of the batter.
  10. Bake 30 minutes. Knife inserted in the center should come out clean.
  11. Cool.
  12. Cut into bars.


Pecans can be left out or replaced with walnuts. I typically reduce the overall amount of walnuts to 3/4 c.
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Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate from Blogghetti

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Pumpkin Cheese Biscuits from Shockingly Delicious

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Easy Pumpkin Turnovers from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Pumpkin & Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes from Sweet Beginnings

Pumpkin Coriander Soup from Frugal & Fit

Pumpkin Cornbread from 4 Sons R Us

Pumpkin Pasta with Brie from Food Above Gold

Pumpkin Sausage Cheese Ball Balls from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels from Jen Around the World

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Chai Pumpkin Cupcakes from The Crumby Kitchen

Harvest Pumpkin Layer Cake from Palatable Pastime

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip from The Mandatory Mooch

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Creative Southern Home

Pumpkin Pudding Cookies from For the Love of Food

Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats from Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Pumpkin Spice Fault Line Cake from Love & Confections

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Ice Cream from My Sweet Zepol

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies from Cheese Curd In Paradise

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Would you like to comment?

  1. I love that you made this from a cake mix!

  2. Looks like I need to find some Penzey's cake spice! I can't wait to make these bars!

  3. What a delicious looking swirl in those bars.

  4. Pumpkin and cream cheese go so great together!

  5. What a yummy combination of flavors!!

  6. Love the look of these yummy bars! What a great shortcut to start with cake mix!

  7. Pumpkin and cream cheese are such a great pair, especially for bars!

  8. Isn't pumpkin and cream cheese iconic for fall baking? I love the flavors together, and it makes a great sweet treat.

  9. Perfect for an after school snack!


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