CREAM CHEESE PUMPKIN BARS
Ingredients1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar, divided
½ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup chopped pecans
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, cubed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cups mini chocolate chips
InstructionsPreheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix flour, ¼ cup sugar and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in oats and pecans. Reserve 1 cup for topping.
Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, spices and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.
Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and filling is set.
Cool on a wire rack. Serve or refrigerate, covered, within 2 hours.
Cut into bars.