Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

You can’t get through Thanksgiving day without a dessert made with cinnamon, pumpkin, or ginger. What’s better is when pumpkin and cream cheese is whipped together and baked with a crumbly oatmeal crust. These decadent bars taste like a pumpkin cheesecake but the crust here is so much better than a graham cracker crust because it’s crunchy and chewy. Enjoy with hot coffee or a glass of milk. πŸ™‚

 

Crust:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 cup pecan halves (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

Filling:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

For crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Generously butter 9x9x2-inch metal baking pan. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Using on/off turns, blend first 4 ingredients in processor until coarse meal forms. Add pecans; using on/off turns, process until nuts are chopped. Add oats; process using on/off turns until mixture is moistened but not clumping.
  2. Press 3 1/2 cups crumbs onto bottom of prepared square pan (do not clean processor). Transfer remaining crumbs to lined baking sheet. Bake crumbs on sheet until golden, stirring once, about 12 minutes. Cool crumbs. Bake crust until golden, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven while preparing filling.

Filling:

  1. Blend all ingredients in same processor until smooth.
  2. Spread filling over warm crust; bake until set, dry in center, and beginning to rise at edges, about 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle crumbs over topping; gently press into topping. Cover; chill until cold, about 2 hours. Cut into squares and serve.
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