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These spiced pumpkin-cream cheese bar cookies with a creamy, tangy swirl are perfect for Halloween or any autumn get-together.

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Credit: James Carrier

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Yield:
Makes 24 bars
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs, pumpkin, and 1/3 cup water until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg; stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended. Spread batter evenly in a buttered and floured 10- by 15-inch baking pan.

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  • In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, remaining egg, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.

  • Drop cream cheese mixture in 24 evenly spaced 1-tablespoon portions over batter. Pull a knife tip through filling to swirl slightly into batter.

  • Bake in a 350° oven until center of pumpkin batter (not cream cheese mixture) springs back when touched, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan, then cut into 24 bars.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Chef's Notes

You can chill them airtight for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

164 calories; calories from fat 38%; protein 2.6g; fat 7g; saturated fat 4.2g; carbohydrates 23g; fiber 0.4g; sodium 130mg; cholesterol 45mg.
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