Pumpkin Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars

Remember when Hubby and I went to Canada a few weeks ago? It was a GREAT trip. We had so much fun hanging out with our friends and their baby. We ate a lot of great food, drank quite a few cocktails, and played more than our fair share of Settlers. (Yes, we’re nerds).

Since we rented a cute little house, we were able to cook our meals at home. I love renting a house for vacations. It just makes things so much easier. Obviously, I couldn’t spend 5 days in a house with a HUGE kitchen without baking something. So I searched for a recipe ahead of time that would be easy to whip up in a strange kitchen.

I brought the ingredients from home and these pumpkin butterscotch cheesecake bars came together in no time. Pumpkin and butterscotch make such a perfect pair. I definitely recommend trying this recipe before pumpkin desserts disappear from kitchens across the country.

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/2 + 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup of dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup cold butter
11/2 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground allspice
pinch of cloves
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar; cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and pecans. Remove 3/4 cup of mixture and add in butterscotch chips. Set aside and reserve for topping. Press remaining mixture into bottom of parchment lined pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

Combine cream cheese and pumpkin; add remaining sugar, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves and vanilla and mix until well blended. Pour over crust and bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle reserved oat crumb mixture and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before storing. Cut into 2×2 squares and serve.

Recipe as seen on Bakers Royale

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12 Responses to “Pumpkin and Chocolate Caramel Corn”

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    Kris — October 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I think I’m going to have to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for posting it!

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    stephchows — October 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    what a great idea using the kisses!

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    Molly Jean — October 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    What a great twist on caramel corn!

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    nutmegnanny — October 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    This is perfect for Halloween…delicious!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 31, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Mmm I’ve seen this in a few places and have been craving it!! I didn’t realize it used the pumpkin kisses 🙂

    Sues

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    bridget {bake at 350} — October 31, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Now, this is a FUN idea!!! Pumpkin + popcorn, who knew? 😉

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    Anne — October 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wow that looks amazing and the last photo is stunning!

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    TidyMom — October 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    ok, this is the second post using those kisses – HOW have I not seen them in the store???……I think I try and stay away from the candy section! LOL

    This sounds AMAZING!! Thanks!!

    ~TidyMom

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    Melissa — October 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I love the pumpkin spice kisses. What a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing and I am definitely going to try this recipe!

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    oneordinaryday — November 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I keep seeing great ideas using those kisses and they’re always being melted first. Genius. I’m going to try this, but with air popped popcorn instead. Sounds awesome.

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    Ingrid — November 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    You’re right about those Kisses, one is enough. I used some in brownies and they were even better than eating them straight out of the wrapper.

    Love your popcorn and I have some of those kisses left over.
    ~ingrid

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    Liesl — November 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This recipe looks amazing!! I love those Pumpkin Spice Kisses!

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