Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars- SRC

At the urging of some Twitter friends, I joined The Secret Recipe Club. I kept reading how they were enjoying participating in the online food blogging club so I decided to join in on the fun that they were having. This is my first month for the club so it was a new fun experience of getting someone’s blog to make a recipe of my choosing, while some mysterious member of my group had mine.

 

I ended up in Group D and was given Cookin’ with Cyndi. I browsed her recipes and as soon as I was the post for Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars I knew we had a winner. It would be perfect for a fall recipe and it reminded me of the Cheesecake Cookie Bars I had been making in the spring. I loved the simple bar that consists of a creamy cheesecake filling sandwiched between 2 layers of cookie bar crust.

 

Another thing that appealed to me about this recipe was that it could easily be made Gluten Free very easily. No special mixtures or reworking of the recipe for me. I have plenty of Gluten Free Bisquick on hand so I just used that and did not have any issues with flavor or texture with the substitution.

 

I brought most of the bars into work and they were well received. Everyone thought the bars had a very good pumpkin flavor, creamy cheesecake middle texture, and nice contrasting nutty crust. They were even surprised that they were Gluten Free since still so many people think Gluten Free is not as good as regular baked goods. My neighbor is already requesting for me to bring in some more when I make another batch.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

*yields 24 bars*

Ingredients

Crust:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Filling:
12 ounces cream cheese (1.5 packages), softened
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
3 eggs
¾ cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350˚. Generously grease a 13″ x 9″ pan. Cream together the brown sugar and butter. Once they are combined add in the pumpkin pie spice.  Gently add in the Bisquick and nuts until mixture is crumbly. Reserve two cups. Press remaining mixture in pan with fingers. Bake 10 minutes.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugars, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well until smooth. Pour mixture over crust in pan, and sprinkle with remaining two cups of crust mixture. Bake until center is set and top is golden, about 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting, serve well-chilled.

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25 Responses to Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars- SRC

  1. I loooove that it uses Bisquick! I’ll be making them soon!

  2. They look delicious! I love how you were able to make them GF so easily. Great way to start off the SRC – welcome to the club!

  3. Ellen says:

    Hi! I just found you through the secret recipe club. Love your blog! I’m a new follower.

    We would love to invite you over to visit our blog and link up to our weekly themed blog hop called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. This week’s theme is SWEET and SAVORY! We hope to see you there. http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com/2011/10/everyday-sisters-sharing-sunday-19.html

    Ellen

  4. Bean says:

    This looks amazing – pumpkin and cheesecake go fabulously together!

  5. Rhonda says:

    I’m from Group C but I’m an honorary Group D member this week, welcome to SRC. Anything with the words cheesecake and pumpkin has got to be good.

  6. Kelley says:

    LOVE everything pumpkin! Great fall dessert. Would you share on my potluck page too? http://wp.me/p1vvGp-aH

  7. Lindsay says:

    Yum! I’ll have to make these for Thanksgiving instead of a traditional pumpkin pie… or maybe both :)

  8. these sound amazing + i love anything pumpkin this time of year. will have to give ‘em a try!

  9. avrilm2468il says:

    Anything “cheesecake” is always high on my list! This looks like a very yummy and different pumpkin recipe to make. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~avril (from SRC Group D)

  10. avril says:

    Oh, and p.s. – I ADORE the name of your blog! SO cute!!! :-)

  11. Kelly says:

    Wow these pumpkin bars look absolutely delicious, what a great choice for SRC! Love your blog, so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  12. Shirley says:

    Any cheesecake is a favourite of mine. Glad to have met you through SRC. Keep in touch.

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  25. Kermit Horita says:

    Cheesecake is a dessert consisting primarily of a mixture based on soft, fresh cheese (not always cream cheese), eggs, and sugar; often on a crust or base made from hard biscuits (such as a graham cracker crust), pastry or sponge cake.[1] It may be baked or unbaked. Cheesecake is usually sweetened with sugar and may be flavored or topped with fruit, nuts, fruit sauce and/or chocolate. Various flavours of cheesecake exist, such as lemon, strawberry or toffee.-

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