Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

I tried this Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar recipe for the first time last fall when I hosted our neighborhood Bunco game.  These were SUCH a hit.  I put a little candy pumpkin on the top of each to make them look especially festive, and also to give the guests a hint about what the bars contain. This is a TEENY TINY photo of my desert plate. The pumpkin bars are on the right.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and other fall goodies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Jo-Lynne Shane
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Stir in pecans; set aside 3/4 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Beat in the pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.