Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Are you a member of the pumpkin spice fan club? If you are then you are probably like me, and this is your favorite time of the year.

It seems like there is a pumpkin spice version of everything right now. Not that I’m complaining! 😉 Pumpkin is such a comforting flavor. It’s no surprise that it goes hand in hand with chunky knit sweaters and scarves.

I have always been a love of pumpkin cheesecake. Really, how could you not, right?! But I love things that are easy and portable. These pumpkin cheesecake bars are both and more. They don’t require a water bath or anything like that. They just require a little mixing and patience (while they bake and cool).

The pumpkin spice crust is my favorite part. It is a warm and tender cookie crust and is packed full of pumpkin spice flavor. And if that’s not enough, the bars are topped with a buttery crumble. They make for the perfect Fall pick me up, and go beautifully well with a warm pumpkin spice latte.

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.-104

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with nonstick foil.

IMG_5372In a medium-sized bowl, stir the cookie mix and pumpkin pie spice together

IMG_5375Add the butter and blend with a pastry blender

IMG_5378Stir in the pumpkin

IMG_5381Press evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.

IMG_5383Then set aside

IMG_5392Meanwhile prepare the crumble by stirring the flour, sugars, and baking powder together. Add the vanilla, egg white, and butter and stir until combined. Set aside.

IMG_5393Prepare the filling by blending the pumpkin, sugar, cream cheese, heavy cream, and vanilla together.

IMG_5402Add the pumpkin pie spice and flour. Once everything is combined spread on top of the cookie layer.

IMG_5404Top with the crumble and bake 34-36 min.

IMG_5406Allow them to cool 30 minutes before refrigerating for another 3 hours

IMG_5409Cut the cooled cheesecake into bars.

stack-cheesecakeTopped with caramel and whipped cream if desired.

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