Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Chocolate and caramel drizzles add a new flavor punch to creamy pumpkin-oat bars.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cookie Base

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ oatmeal cookie mix
1/2
cup crushed gingersnap cookies
1/2
cup finely chopped pecans
1/2
cup cold butter or margarine

Filling

2
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1
cup sugar
1
cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2
tablespoons whipping cream
2
eggs

Toppings

1/3
cup chocolate topping
1/3
cup caramel topping

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, crushed cookies and pecans. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining filling ingredients; beat until well blended. Pour over warm cookie base. Sprinkle with reserved topping.
  • 3 Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.
  • 4 Before serving, drizzle with chocolate and caramel toppings. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

A food processor can be used for even easier preparation. Place cookie base ingredients in processor bowl; pulse until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup for topping. Press remaining cookie base mixture in pan. Place filling ingredients in processor bowl; pulse until well blended. Continue recipe as directed.

To drizzle the toppings easily, place each topping in a small food-storage plastic bag, snip off a small corner of each bag and squeeze to drizzle toppings over bars.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
22g
22%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.