The crust part of the recipe is slightly adapted from an old cookie recipe I got from my gramma. The cheesecake filling is from Kraft recipes! I'm telling ya, they were made for each other!
This recipe is fairly simple to make. If you're looking for a great Fall recipe, be sure to give these Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars a try - you'll be glad you did!
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars
Yield: 18-24 bars
For the crust:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
For the cheesecake layer:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2½ cups Cool Whip, thawed
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-in. baking dish lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
Combine first 6 ingredients crust ingredients in a medium bowl; whisk to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, shortening and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat until well blended. Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended.
Press the dough into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in the whipped topping.
When the crust has cooled off, spoon the cream cheese mixture into crust. Level with an off-set spatula or the back of a spoon.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Store leftover cheesecake bars in refrigerator.