11/18/2013 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars1 1/3 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cups sugar, divided 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed 1 cup old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened and cubed 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp ground cardamom 1 can (15 oz) solid-packed pumpkin 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly.
Stir in oats and pecans.
Reserve 1 cup for topping.
Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, spices and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Serve or refrigerate, covered, within 2 hours of baking.