...to start putting pumpkin in everything.
With our pumpkin patch getting closer to ripening and the leaves on the trees starting to show hints of color, I thought the best way to welcome in the season was by trying out a new fall recipe! Not only does this dessert showcase the wonderful flavor of pumpkin, but serves to satisfy pretty much any craving all in one with it's kitchen sink combination of elements. Pumpkin cheesecake? Check. Chocolate chip cookie? Check. Graham cracker crust? Check. As tempting as it is to dig in right out of the oven, it's definitely worth it to wait for this to cool (the struggle is real, trust me I know!), because biting through that chewy cookie and into a thick, cool layer of pumpkin cheesecake is an experience I won't soon forget!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
For the Crust:
2 1/2 C Graham Crackers, about 18 full size crackers (I used the cinnamon sugar variety, because why not?)
1/4 C sugar
1/2 C butter, melted
For the Cheesecake:
2 (8oz) Packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 C sugar
1 C pureed pumpkin (canned or fresh)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
For the Cookie Dough:
1 (30oz) package of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (You're welcome to make your own, but using store bought cookie dough saves a lot of time and clean up and I thought it still came out delicious)
- For the crust, pulse graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs. Mix in melted butter and sugar until well blended.
- Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper (I didn't have any on hand so I used a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom and lightly greased it with cooking spray to prevent sticking). Press crumbs into bottom of pan until evenly distributed.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat cheesecake layer ingredients for 3-5 minutes until well blended and smooth. Pour over crust layer and spread evenly.
- Crumble the cookie dough over the cheesecake layer.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes. Cool pan completely, then refrigerate for 3-4 hours (or overnight). Once completely chilled, cut into bars and enjoy.
- Store cookie bars in refrigerator for up to 4 days, or, freeze in an airtight container until later.
Original recipe here.