Marbled Pumpkin Lime Cheesecake Bars

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If you're like me, and I suspect you are, you enjoy having a festive treat to serve your family and friends during the holiday season. Enter these little beauties. I love them. In fact, I love these Marbled Pumpkin Lime Cheesecake Bars so much, I think I'll count the ways. 

3 marbled pumkin lime cheescake bars in a long plate. In front of a pumpkin.

First, they're easy and incredibly tasty, a completely necessary, yet not sufficient, requirement for a holiday treat.

Second, they feature seasonal flavors we love, need and simply expect at this time of year. My younger son, by the way, relishes every bite of anything with pumpkin and traditional pumpkin spices.

Close up of a square marbled cheesecake bar with a dollop of whipped cream and a small slice of lime on top.

Third, in our multi-cultural family, these Marbled Pumpkin Lime Cheesecake Bars check off a lot of boxes. More on that in a minute.

And lastly, they look spectacular, emphasizing the festive in the festivities.

9 marbled cheesecake squares on top of a wooden surface.

Many Cultures, One Celebration

Now about checking the boxes in our multi-cultural family. Since I grew up in Mexico, and my husband in California, we like to blend our two and sometimes very different traditions during the holidays.

For instance, he grew up with pumpkin pie, and I had never heard of it before I met him (although I'm glad I have now!).

On the other hand, I must consider very suspiciously, by my very nature, any recipe that doesn't include lime! So these bars meet both our traditional needs.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

If you make your own marbled pumpkin lime cheesecake bars, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

Here's the recipe!

Marbled Pumpkin Lime Cheesecake Bars

Makes 16 2″x 2″ bars

Prep time: 15 minutes – Start to Finish: 1hr 30 min (including 50 minutes of baking)

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups pulverized lemon wafers (approx. 200 gr)
  • 6 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter

For the Filling

  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup pumpkin pureé
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For Serving

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • The zest of 1/2 lime

Pre-heat oven 350° F.

In an 8 inch square heat resistant glass baking dish, mix the pulverized wafers and butter. With your hands press until you cover the bottom of the dish. Place in the freezer.

Pulverized crackers inside a food processor.

With a mixer, mix well the cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sugar until it looks creamy. Then, mix in evaporated milk, 2 eggs, and 1 tablespoon lime juice until smooth.

Two eggs on top of a creamy mixture in a mixer bowl. On top, two beaters with the creamy mixture.

In a medium bowl, whisk together canned pumpkin, the other 1/2 cup of sugar, pumpkin spice, evaporated milk and one egg. Set aside.

Pumpkin pure, cinnamon and sugar in a glass bowl.

Pour the lime and cheese mixture into the baking dish. Then add the pumpkin mixture in three lines (see photo).

A baking square dish with cheese cake mixture. On top, tree lines of pumpkin mixture.

With a wooden stick or spoon integrate the pumpkin randomly to create a marbling effect.

Creating the marble effect on the cheese cake mixture with a wooden stick.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out cleanly.

Refrigerate until firm. 

Lastly, beat cream and confectioner's sugar until thickened, approximately 2 minutes. Add lime juice and zest and continue beating until the cream starts forming peaks.

Don’t overdo it or you will end up with butter. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. 

Cut cheesecake into 16 2×2 inch squares. Serve with whipped cream. 

Enjoy!

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marbled pumpkin lime cheesecake bars
4.60 from 5 votes

Marbled Pumpkin Lime Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 20 minutes
baking time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups pulverized lemon wafers approx. 200 gr
  • 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

For the Filling

  • 12 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup pumpkin pureé
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For Serving

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • The zest of 1/2 lime

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven 350° F.
  • In an 8 inch square heat resistant glass baking dish, mix the pulverized wafers and butter. With your hands press until you cover the bottom of the dish. Place in the freezer.
  • With a mixer, mix well the cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar until it looks creamy. Then, mix in evaporated milk, 2 eggs, and 1 tablespoon lime juice until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, pumpkin spice, evaporated milk and one egg. Set aside.
  • Pour the lime and cheese mixture into the baking dish. Then add the pumpkin mixture in three lines (see photo).
  • With a wooden stick or spoon integrate the pumpkin randomly to create a marbling effect.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out cleanly.
  • Refrigerate until firm.
  • Lastly, beat cream and sugar until thickened, approximately 2 minutes. Add lime juice and zest and continue beating until the cream starts forming peaks. Don’t overdo it or you will end up with butter. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Cut cheesecake into 16 2×2 inch squares. Serve with the whipped cream.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Author: Silvia Martinez
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