Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
I feel like this recipe was made for me. It’s quick, easy and is loaded with the perfect pumpkin flavor that I crave.
The original recipe for the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars starts with a pre-mixed oatmeal cookie crust, but I did not have a packet of oatmeal cookie mix at home, so I decided to make my own. I couldn’t tell you what I liked better, because both the crust and the filling are equally good.
This dessert combines my two favorite things: pumpkin and cheesecake. I’ve been chomping at the bit to try a pumpkin cheesecake and this was a great way to get my feet wet. Of course it was dangerous for me to have these in my house all weekend, so I gifted them to a few of my friends and they were super excited.
I prepared the crust with a mixture of quick oats (3 cups), brown sugar (1 cup), flour (1/2 cup) and butter (3/4 cup). Press cold butter into the dry ingredients until it forms a dough like consistency. The crust is pressed into the bottom of the pan and pre-baked to prevent it from getting soggy. I constantly found myself cutting off the edges of these bars so I could eat the crust!
The filling is fairly simple, combining cream cheese with pumpkin, eggs, sugar and spices. Instead of covering these with a layer of chocolate, I decided to drizzle white chocolate on top and each bar is garnished with a pecan. I just melted 2 ounces of white chocolate chips together with 2 teaspoons of heavy whipping cream and stirred it until smooth. You can simply drizzle the white chocolate over the bars with a fork or spoon.
Can you believe I don’t have a pumpkin cheesecake recipe on my site?? I’ve got tons of pumpkin recipes like Pumpkin S’mores Poke Cake, Caramel Pumpkin Pie Bars and Pumpkin Cream Pie Cookie Cups. Since cheesecake is my favorite dessert and pumpkin is most definitely a favorite flavor, this dessert is like a match made in heaven. Be sure to check out the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars for your next holiday party!
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