Crumbly Pumpkin Pecan Bars

Hi all– Pumpkin again.  It must be October.  And when you mix it up with cream cheese, better yet!  These are tender little nutty bars that sit just right with friends and a mug of tea on a cool fall afternoon.

CRUMBLY PUMPKIN PECAN BARS

Crust:
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
2/3 cup pecans, chopped

Mix the flour and sugar.  Then cut in the butter with a pastry blender or food processor until it’s crumbly.  Reserve 2/3 cup of the crumb mixture for the topping and mix it with the pecans and set aside.  Take the rest of the flour/sugar/butter mixture and press it into a 7″x11″ pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake it in a 350 degree oven for just 15 minutes.

Filling:
3/4 cup sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
1 tsp. vanilla

With the mixer, beat the sugar and cream cheese until it’s smooth.  Then mix in the pumpkin, eggs, spice and vanilla.  Pour it over the top of the half baked crust and top with the reserved crumb pecan mixture.  Bake it in a 350 degree over for 30 to 35 minutes.

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