It’s a dull grey day outside today, and my kitchen was in desperate need of being warmed up. I had a Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Bars mix that I wanted to use up, and the situation seemed to call for it.
I wanted to dress up the pre-packaged mix though, and give it my own spin. And so, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars were born!
These bars are dense and sweet and tangy, and would be perfect with a hot cup of tea. Word to the wise though – cut them in smaller squares, not triangles like I did. The calorie count threw me for a loop! Still worth every last bite, however ;-).
Christmas Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Pumpkin Spice Bars Mix
1 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl. Blend until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix Pumpkin Spice Bars Mix according to directions.
Press half of mixture into a greased cake pan.
Pour cream cheese mixture over top and spread to cover evenly.
Place flattened chunks of remaining bar mix on the top, covering most of the cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until set.
Garnish with green pumpkin seeds and caramel sauce if desired.
Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!