Party Food

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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I don’t know why I don’t use pumpkin more often, but during this season I’m always reminded of how much I like the distinct flavor of pumpkin, and the moist quality it adds to baked goods. This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Pecan Praline Topping would be an excellent addition to a party dessert table (bars make easy hand-helds) or even as an option for a Thanksgiving dessert.


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Crust Ingredients

  • 1 C gingersnap crumbs
  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • rectangular springform pan

Crust Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rectangular springform pan with baking spray.
2. Pulse together the gingersnaps crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and sugar until they are fine crumbs.
3. Add butter and pulse to blend. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes .
5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling Ingredients

  • 1 package cream cheese, at room temperature ( 8 ounce)
  • 1 C  brown sugar
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Filling Directions: 

1. On medium speed, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
2. Add the pumpkin and mix on low speed until fully blended.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Combine the milk and vanilla, beating until well combined. Stir in the spices and salt, mixing on low.
5. Pour onto the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Pecan Praline Topping Ingredients

  • 2 C finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 C packed brown sugar
  • 2+ tablespoons water

Topping Directions: 

1. Add nuts, brown sugar and water in same bowl.
2. Spread over the top of the pumpkin cheesecake.

Baking Directions:

1. Bake for 10 minutes.
2. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
3. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
4. Cut into squares.
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.