Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

24 Pieces
1 hr 5 min

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars check all the boxes…and are an easy way to get that ‘taste of fall’. They are the result of my 15-year quest to try to duplicate the Merridee's of Franklin, TN recipe. I have tried different variations of recipes and ultimately found one close that I was able to make a few additions to.

In my mind, my perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar would have a crumb crust (check), a moist and spiced pumpkin layer (check), a tangy cheesecake layer (check) and crumbles on top (check)…yup these bars check all the boxes

And, if you are looking for another pumpkin recipe this fall, check out these delicious  baked pumpkin donuts that have a Chai spice glaze…umm yeah!

Recipe details
  • 24  Pieces
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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Crumb Crust
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temp
Pumpkin Filling
  • 1 16-oz can pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375'
Combine all crust ingredients except butter and mix well
Add the butter and mix until crumbly
Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crust mixture and press the remaining into a buttered 13 x 9 inch baking dish
Bake for 10 minutes
While crust is baking, mix the ingredients for the pumpkin filling in one bowl and the ingredients for the cream cheese filling in another bowl. You will most likely need to use an electric mixer on the cream cheese filling to get it smooth.
When the crust has baked for 10 minutes, remove it from the oven and pour the cream cheese mixture over top, gently spreading it.
Then gently spoon the pumpkin filling over top of the cream cheese filling
Crumble the remaining crust ingredients over the pumpkin layer
Bake for 30 minutes
Cut when cool and ENJOY!
Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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