These bars are great, but you have to like pumpkin. It is more of a soft bar than hard bar since the pumpkin is mixed with cream cheese. I have no idea where I got this recipe from but years ago I had gotten butterscotch chips and wanted to make a dessert with it and this is the dessert I ended up with. At the time I was not a fan of pumpkin but everyone else seemed to enjoy the recipe. Now I have seemed to grow into liking pumpkin and think this recipe is great. I do believe the bars are better the day after once they have completely cooled.
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Yields: 24 bars | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Total Bake Time: 50 minutes
1 and1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter
1 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons bourbon
½ cup butterscotch chips for sprinkling on top
Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.
Reserve 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min.
Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and butterscotch chips.
Bake for 25-35 minutes: cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.