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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Light and flavourful pumpkin cheesecake with a gorgeously chocolate biscuit base.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
  • 2 cups crushed chocolate biscuits, measured AFTER crushing (such as Bourbons, double chocolate digestives or Oreo's)
  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake layer:
  • 6 oz full fat cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin Purée, not pie filling
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, optional (but they do add an extra layer of chocolate-y goodness!), semi-sweet

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line an 8x8 inch square pan.
  2. Pour the melted butter over the crushed biscuits and mix until all the biscuit crumbs are coated with butter.
  3. Tip the biscuit mix into the lined pan and press lightly until smooth and level.
  4. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until it looks slightly puffy.
  5. Whilst the crust is baking, make the cheesecake layer: Place the cream cheese, egg, pumpkin purée, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, spices and flour into a large bowl and beat on a med-high speed until everything is smooth and well combined.
  6. If you are using chocolate chips, sprinkle them all over the baked crust, then pour the cheesecake batter on top and smooth until level, if you are not using chocolate chips, just pour the cheesecake layer on top of the crust.
  7. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the middle only has a very slight wobble, it's slightly brown around the edges and it's starting to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  8. Leave to cool completely in the pan.
  9. Once cool, remove from the pan and slice into 9-12 bars.
  10. Bars will keep in an airtight container, in the fridge, for 2-3 days.

Recipe Notes

Cheesecake recipe adapted from Table For Two Blog - http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2013/11/06/maple-pumpkin-cheesecake-bars/