Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Perfect Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars | #halloween Creamy dreamy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars with graham cracker crust!

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Halloween is just around the corner. That means decorations are going up!

We always wait until the morning of October 31st to put up the outside decorations. That way, they will be a surprise for the neighbors. But the inside of my house is getting a spookier and spookier by the day.

Our Halloween menu is still in the works. It’s always a balancing act to come up with a glorious array of sweet and savory items, some heavily decorated and some that just taste great.

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I go a little crazy this time of year with pumpkin treats. There’s such a small window of opportunity to go overboard on pumpkin without getting a cock-eyed look.

You know what I mean… Try pulling out a pumpkin pie July 4th and see what happens!

Clearly, I feel a certain urgency to serve pumpkin as often as possible.

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These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars are the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication.

They combine the soothing effects of cream cheese, graham crackers, and chocolate with Bourbon, Chinese Five Spice, ultra creamy Creme Fraiche, and of course pumpkin.

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The result is a decedent treat to satisfy the young and old. The bourbon and five spice in the Chocolate

Chip Pumpkin Bars deliver depth a distinguished palette can appreciate. Yet that won’t stop the ankle-biters from gobbling them down, so set some aside.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars is a very easy recipe to pull together. Just allow plenty of time for cooling before you try to cut the bars.

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Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.
~Simone Schwarz-Bart


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Yield: 32 bars

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:35 minutes

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Creamy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars Recipe – A silky pumpkin cheesecake recipes with graham cracker crust, baked into bars.


  • 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 7 ounces Crème Fraiche
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large 10×15 inch pan with foil. Crush graham crackers into crumbs in the food processor, or in a zip bag.
  2. Mix the graham cracker crumbs with 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese, Crème Fraiche and 3/4 cup sugar together until smooth. Add the pumpkin, flour, five spice, salt, bourbon and eggs. Blend until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips, reserving a handful for the top.
  4. Pour the mixture on top of the graham cracker crust. Smooth out with a spatula. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top. Smack the pan on the counter a couple times to smooth everything out.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the center is almost set, but still jiggles a little.
  6. Cool on a rack for one hour, then refrigerate another hour before cutting.
  7. To serve: pull the foil up on the sides and lift the whole pan of pumpkin bars out of the baking dish. Peel the foil off the sides carefully, then slice into desired size. Wipe the knife with a paper towel occasionally to keep the sides smooth.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 32 bars, Serving Size: 32

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 219 Calories
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.5g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21.2g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sugar: 12.7g
  • Protein: 2.9g
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47 comments on “Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

  1. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted October 21, 2010 at 2:10 am Reply

    Crème Fraîche, five spice and Bourbon. That is my kind of a dessert!! Do you think I have to share it with the kids?
    Love your deco in the house!

  2. Belinda @zomppaposted October 21, 2010 at 2:28 am Reply

    I think the bourbon adds just the right…punch.

  3. apiciusapprenticeposted October 21, 2010 at 2:35 am Reply

    I'm in love with your decorations! I hope you post pictures of the outside decorations on the 31st. The choco-pumpkin bars look pretty awesome too :)

  4. Nisrineposted October 21, 2010 at 3:05 am Reply

    I love how creepy your photos are lately :) Great recipe,Sommer.

  5. Angie's Recipesposted October 21, 2010 at 5:38 am Reply

    The combination of flavours of this autumn cheese treat is flawless! I love your holiday decoration.

  6. Cherineposted October 21, 2010 at 6:41 am Reply

    Love the decoration!! And those bars look absolutely amazing!

  7. Katerinaposted October 21, 2010 at 7:22 am Reply

    So many tasty ingredients in these bars, but most of all I like them because they contain my favorite stuff and that's chocolate. Yum, yum.

  8. julieposted October 21, 2010 at 11:21 am Reply

    5 spice powder? That's brilliant! I would have never thought to combine those flavors together. I need to cook these little beauties up just to see what they taste like! Your house is definitely starting to look a bit scary!

  9. Carolynposted October 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Oh wow, I love the combination of ingredients in these bars! I also get quite a kick out of all of your decorating. Looks like you are having a ball!

  10. Victoria K.posted October 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm Reply

    What a perfect pumpkin treat!! Or is it a trick? haha ;-)

  11. Baking Barristerposted October 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm Reply

    The feather boa-ed candle thing is AWESOME. is that a chandelier usually in your home, or is it one big piece? And the bars are awesome too ;) i feel like people don't mix pumpkin and chocolate enough.

  12. Susiposted October 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Wow, that sounds incredible. Love the addition of the five-spice and the bourbon. And how can you go wrong with creme fraiche? Your chandelier is out of this world hilarious! Great decorations :o)

  13. bunkycooksposted October 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Adult treats…how fun! We got really into Halloween a few years ago and bought lots of crazy decorations. You are getting me in the mood to pull them all out this year! Love this recipe. :)

  14. BakingWithoutaBoxposted October 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm Reply

    How wonderful! I made pumkpin bars last night. But your photography is just gorgeous. Brilliant use of props. And that pink boa thing with the candle swing creation is outrageous. Lol.

  15. Stellaposted October 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Ooh, creme fraiche and pumpkin-yummerz! And I love all of your ghoulish decorations, Sommer. We like to do that too, though I must admit we are kind of naturally scary (smile)!

  16. Marisaposted October 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Another great recipe for the Halloween party. I think that you should totally take advantage of this time of year and just go pumpkin crazy! Your house is looking pretty spooky so far!

  17. [email protected]posted October 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm Reply

    I love that you use 5 spice powder! What a great idea! These look fantastic – and I love your decorations. Let us know what will be on the Halloween menu!

  18. Jason Phelpsposted October 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm Reply

    I think some people are suspect of pumpkin and chocolate together, but it has to be tried to know for sure. I love pumpkin treats this time of year!


  19. Evan Thomasposted October 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm Reply

    These look absolutely delicious!

  20. Priya Sreeramposted October 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm Reply

    Great recipe and delightfully spooky decorations—-:P ! loved the presetation and write up !

  21. sara @ CaffeInaposted October 22, 2010 at 3:25 am Reply

    I loved this post! You gave me a true sense of Halloween, something I'm not usually into it! Now I just want to start decorating my home and have a bite at these wonderful bars. Btw, my fav is the scary (or scared?!) black cat!

  22. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted October 22, 2010 at 3:36 am Reply

    OMG! A bourbon, chocolate, pumpkin cheesecake….sorta! I love it! I really wish I lived in your neighbourhood :D

  23. Gitteposted October 22, 2010 at 8:57 am Reply

    Now I know what to use my five spice powder for :) Looks fabulous!

  24. Dimahposted October 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm Reply

    These look super delicious and so nice!

  25. Emily Zposted October 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm Reply

    Very interesting. These look just like my more simple pumpkin bars but I am intrigued by the different flavors thrown in there. The next time I have a hankering to make pumpkin bars, I might just need to try these!

  26. mariaposted October 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Those look delicious! Great little flavorful additions to the usual bars that really make these even better.

  27. Rosa's Yummy Yumsposted October 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm Reply

    I love those decorations! A pity Halloween is celebrated nor big here…

    Gorgeous bars! Can I have one, please…



  28. blackbookkitchendiariesposted October 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm Reply

    this looks so good and the picture is stunning:) thanks for sharing.

  29. lauraposted October 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm Reply

    These are gorgeous, Sommer! I love pumpkin treats and the sound of the spices, bourbon, and graham cracker crust are irresistable. ( : You're decorations really are spooky!! Love the hot pink boa!!!

  30. Chef Dennisposted October 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm Reply

    those pumpkin bars look so very very good! What a combination of ingredients….wow….bourbon, chinese 5 spice, cream cheese…..I have to taste these!! And I love your cat decoration, I would love to just leave it by my door all year long!

  31. Claudiaposted October 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm Reply

    This is too much fun. I'll take an entire pan of those delicious bars right now. Love Halloween! Have to love a home filled with spooky ghosts.

  32. Chow and Chatterposted October 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm Reply

    these look fab and love the halloween decor spooky!

  33. Debbieposted October 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm Reply

    These pumpkin bars look delicious! I have never done a foil lined pan, looks like it worked like a charm though, thanks for the idea!

  34. briarroseposted October 24, 2010 at 12:30 am Reply

    Great post! Looks wonderful.

  35. Reeniposted October 25, 2010 at 1:26 am Reply

    So many glorious flavors going on in here! I love the five spice powder – very unique! I bet they are tasty little treats.

  36. claireposted October 25, 2010 at 3:01 am Reply

    these look delicious! still trying to decide on a costume, but have decided these pumpkin treats are being made this week!

  37. Magic of Spiceposted October 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Wow what flavors, these babies are loaded :)

  38. sweetlifeposted October 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm Reply

    how fun, love the decorations…hope you post pics of your outside sppokiness…oh good lord, loving these pumpkin bars..chocolate and bourbon..killer


  39. Suchitraposted October 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm Reply

    just one word looking at the bars- SUMPTUOUS!

  40. meeyeehereposted October 27, 2010 at 2:20 am Reply

    Thanks for telling me about your csn giveaway but I already entered it.I will blog about it for you too.Thanks for coming by my blog to see me today.
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  41. gringarlposted October 28, 2010 at 1:57 am Reply

    I love your decorations and the 5 spices chocolate pumpkin bars sound delicious

  42. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted October 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Looks delicious! Five spice powder?….brilliant!!

  43. The Mom Chefposted October 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Those look outstanding. I adore five-spice powder but have to admit that I've never used it in sweet product. What an awesome idea. My daughter wants to come see all your scary decorations (especially the skeletons).

  44. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted October 4, 2016 at 8:20 am Reply

    These look wonderful Sommer! Love all the pumpkin flavor and you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

  45. Emily @ Life on Foodposted October 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm Reply

    I am trying every way possible to get my pumpkin fix right now. Love these. And the graham cracker crust makes me want them even more.

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