Pumpkin Pecan Bars

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pumpkin pecan bars

Pumpkin, pecans and cream cheese make yummy bars, superb with morning coffee, afternoon tea, or evening dessert cake plate.  

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  • 12Servings

Ingredients

Cookie Crust:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Filling:

  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Topping:

  • 1 small package (3-ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 24 pecan halves

Preparation

Cookie Crust:

1. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a bowl, combine  flour, rolled oats,  chopped pecans,  brown sugar,  butter, 1teaspoon vanilla and  ground cinnamon. Mix well and press the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

3. Bake crust for 10 minutes and then let cool completely.

Filling:

1. In a bowl ,combine the pureed pumpkin, eggs, milk, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well.

2. Pour the mixture over the cooled cookie base; Bake for about 40 minutes, or until set. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Topping: 

1. Beat cream cheese at medium speed until creamy.

2. Add the confectioner's sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese and beat until smooth.

3. Spread the topping over the cooled filling and cut into 12 bars and decorate with pecan halves.