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A personal care gift basket packed with goodies and yummy, homemade pumpkin cheesecake bars is the perfect way to let a special dad know you care!

I’m proud to partner with Mirum to bring you this original idea. 

Today I’m going to take you on a little trip back through memory lane that brings us to present day.

Way back when I first met Ryan, I was very decidedly single at that time in my life.

We met through mutual friends and hung out a few times in a group setting. Our first few encounters, we had great conversation and I thoroughly enjoyed him.

But again… I was single. I think I was also a little oblivious to Ryan’s interest in me. 😉

Flash forward a year and I bumped into Ryan’s dad at a event at our church.

We struck up a conversation and I asked how Ryan was doing.

It wasn’t long after that when Ryan and I went on our first date.

The rest is history as they say.

As we were dating, one of the first things that drew me to Ryan is his gentle heart and patience.

My first impressions weren’t wrong — as our years together have passed, I’m more and more in love with his gentleness.

It’s especially evident as he interacts with our two boys. Ryan is an excellent dad: he takes time to slow down and teach the boys things along the way, which I so appreciate.

Often when I watch him with the boys, I am reminded of Ryan’s dad and his great qualities that helped shape Ryan into the man and dad he is today.

Best Gifts for Dad

With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to do something special for my father-in-law to capture how thankful we are for him.

I told Ryan about my plan and he was quickly on board. We got the boys involved as well to help make it extra special.

I’m excited to share our gift idea with you today plus a recipe for totally delicious pumpkin cheesecake bars!

Favorite Personal Care

Our adventure starts at Kroger. It’s the perfect place to snag all the personal care products you need at great prices.

I love how convenient it is to pick up trusted men’s care that we love while doing our other shopping.

You can get great savings right now as well with these deals:

While we shopped, Ryan enlisted the help of our boys to try different smells to select ones Grandpa would love best.

The boy’s were especially excited with the deodorants.

The boys love sneaking into Ryan’s drawer and snagging his deodorant to swipe on so they can smell like “real” men.

While their excitement is precious, it makes me want to weep how fast they’re growing up. But I digress.

Christmas Gifts for Dad

Because of their little obsession with smelling like grown ups, they loved picking out the deodorant best of all.

We grabbed a selection of products and then headed home to create our gift basket. I love how it turned out!

Christmas Treats for Dad

I have a dark basket that I picked up that made the perfect container to hold our package. I filled it with black and red crinkle cut paper that perfectly matched the tin I picked up for our treats.

Christmas Tree Ornament for Dad

Ryan also found a “best dad ever” Christmas tree ornament that was the perfect addition to our gift.

Usually it’s the boys and I that head into the kitchen — but this time Ryan got in on the action as well.

My father-in-law loves pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin bars so I decided to combine two of his favorites into one easy recipe with these pumpkin cheesecake bars.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe

I love pumpkin pie cheesecake as well so it wasn’t difficult to taste test this creation! 😉 I adapted my normal pumpkin cheesecake recipe to create these perfect squares that are full of great flavor!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

This quick, simple recipe creates an amazing pumpkin dessert from scratch that everyone will love!

For the crust:

  • 1 cup gingersnap crumbs
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the filling:

  • 1 package cream cheese, at room temperature (8 ounce)
  • 1 cup  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

For the topping:

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

How to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

Pulse together the gingersnaps crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and sugar until they are fine crumbs.

Add butter and pulse to blend. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

For the filling:

On medium speed, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.

Add the pumpkin and mix on low speed until fully blended.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the milk and vanilla, beating until well combined. Stir in the spices and salt, mixing on low.

Pour onto the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

For the topping:

Add nuts, brown sugar and water in same bowl.

Spread over the top of the pumpkin cheesecake.

How to Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool to room temperature. Chill overnight.

Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

I’m confident anyone who tries these easy homemade pumpkin cheesecake bars will think they’re delicious!

Once the bars were ready, I put them into the cute tin and nestled them into our gifting basket. I know Ryan’s dad will be so happy when he sees them!

Christmas Gift Ideas

I’m so excited to give him this gift basket and remind him how much he means to all our of family and how thankful for him we are. It will be a very Merry Christmas indeed!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These easy, homemade pumpkin cheesecake bars combine great flavors everyone will enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 500kcal

Ingredients

Crust Ingredients

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

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
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Topping Ingredients

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

Instructions

For the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Pulse together the gingersnaps crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and sugar until they are fine crumbs.
  • Add butter and pulse to blend. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes .
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

For the filling:

  • On medium speed, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the pumpkin and mix on low speed until fully blended.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine the milk and vanilla, beating until well combined. Stir in the spices and salt, mixing on low.
  • Pour onto the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

For the topping:

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

Once assembled...

  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
  • Chill overnight.
  • Cut into squares.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 500kcal
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Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.

    1 Comment

    1. Khristine Alba

      Khristine Alba

      December 9, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      My son love it. Wanna bake some more.

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