Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

I love the Betty Crocker emails that I signed up for. The recipes are so easy, the site is simple to navigate, and you can save and print all of your favorite recipes! Since it is prime pumpkin time I knew I had to make these Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars when I saw the recipe in my inbox.

They were so easy to make and were a HUGE hit at my office. I have already passed on the recipe to 3 other people who want to make them for the holidays. I think they are best served cold so I kept them in the fridge until it was time to serve them.
Recipe and image courstesy of Betty Crocker:
Cookie Base
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
    **I couldn’t find plain oatmeal cookie mix in my grocery store so I used oatmeal chocolate chip and I think it made the squares even better!!**
cup crushed gingersnap cookies
cup finely chopped pecans
cup cold butter or margarine
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
    **I used low fat cream cheese**
cup sugar
cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
tablespoons whipping cream
cup chocolate topping
cup caramel topping
  • 1Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, crushed cookies and pecans. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
  •     **I did this step in a food processor and cut the cold butter in at the end**
  • 2Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining filling ingredients; beat until well blended. Pour over warm cookie base. Sprinkle with reserved topping.
  • 3Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.
  • 4Before serving, drizzle with chocolate and caramel toppings. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.



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