Friday, December 26, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars
I love the texture of these bars compared to actual pumpkin pie!

1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil lining.  Mix flour, brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in oats and pecans.  Reserve 1 cup of the oat mixture; press remaining mixture onto bottom of the pan.  Bake 15 min.

Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.  Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture (I sprinkled some cinnamon over the top of the crumb mixture for added flavor).

Bake 25 min.  Lift from pan using foil handles; cool completely.  Cut into 24 bars.  Store leftover bars in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

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