Pumpkin Pie Bars

Kraft does it again! I haven’t made these in a few years, but they are so, so good.

1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg. (8 oz.) light cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.

Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

TIP: Kraft suggests this to make it easy to remove the bars from a pan:
Mold foil over bottom of pan leaving 3 inches extending over the short sides. Pop pre-formed molded foil into pan and crunch extended sides of foil to form handles. Use handles to lift baked item out of pan.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jan
    Sep 30, 2009 @ 12:13:35

    Um, oh my goodness, gotta make these! I’m a big fan of nearly anything with canned pumpkin.

    Reply

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