La Cucina: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

La Cucina

Welcome to our Saturday Special:

La Cucina

Each Saturday for the month of September, the Authentic Grace blog will be featuring recipes from some of our Grace Chapel women.  Enjoy!

 Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

pumpkin-cheesecake-bars

For complete recipe and others like it, you can visit CrunchyCreamySweet.com

Ingredients

for the crust:

3/4 cup crushed chocolate graham crackers

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

for the filling:

2 8oz. packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling!)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice*(see note)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

Instructions

to make the crust:

Line an 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor or blender, crush crackers until fine. Add melted butter and process till combined.

Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake in the oven for 7 minutes.

to make the filling:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese for 30 seconds until creamy.

Add sugar and mix well.

Add pumpkin and mix in well.

Add vanilla, flour, pumpkin spice and salt. Mix well.

Add eggs and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix.

Pour the filling over the baked crust. Tap the pan against the counter to release the air and get rid off air bubbles on the surface.

Bake the cheesecake for 35 to 38 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit in room temperature until completely cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 to 4 hours. The longer the better.

Remove the cheesecake from the pan. Slice and serve.

Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 2 days, in an air-tight container.

topping:

If desired, top the bars with whipped cream, a dash of ground cloves and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

*don’t have Pumpkin Spice on-hand?  You can make it from ingredients you may already have!

Ingredients for homemade Pumpkin Spice

  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Do YOU have a favorite Pumpkin Recipe?  Share it with us!

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