You will not believe these amazing Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars! So pretty, so easy to make, and so delicious.
I like to think I’ve never met a pumpkin recipe I didn’t like. Or a taco for that matter. My perfect meal might include fresh sizzling street tacos, chips with creamy guacamole, finished off with a tantalizing pumpkin dessert.
On that note, pumpkin tacos might show up on the recipe-testing list in the future. *wink*
But I digress… Already this season I’ve shared several beloved pumpkin recipes that fill the house with the welcomed aroma of sweet earthy pumpkin puree and fall spices.
However, as our window to enjoy all-things-pumpkin is short each year, I don’t feel it’s possible to overkill on the ingredient. Do you?
Today I’m sharing a new recipe for the holidays, Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, combining a simple silky cheesecake with a sweet buttery gingersnap crust, and a layer of spiced pumpkin goodness on top.
The three layers are not only easy to make, they create an eye-catching treat your friends and family will scramble to get their hands on!
As a general rule, I always feel that when I eat sweets, it’s better to make them myself.
This not only offers me a creative outlet that my whole family will enjoy, it makes it possible to control the quality of ingredients going into my treats… and body.
When baking desserts, I can adjust recipes to suit the dietary needs of those around me if needed. I can also use organic ingredients to eliminate undesirable chemicals and GMOs.
It can be difficult to eat organic all the time, but I try to include organic ingredients as often as possible for the health of my family… Even in desserts.
More and more I find organic ingredients are easy to find at my neighborhood market, without having to make a special trip to a health food store.
These Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars might not be health food, so to speak, but they are made with clean organic ingredients. So even though they are a sweet splurge, I feel good about serving them to my family.
I used both Wholesome!™ Organic Light Brown Sugar and Wholesome!™ Organic Cane Sugar to provide sweetness and depth without the use of conventional white sugar or brown sugar. I also used organic gingersnaps, butter, cream cheese, cream, and eggs to create each layer.
The crust is a combination of gingersnap crumbs, melted butter, and Wholesome!™ Organic Light Brown Sugar pressed into the bottom of a baking dish. Then a simple cheesecake filling is poured over the top and baked.
The pièce de résistance is the smooth spiced pumpkin layer made with pumpkin puree, cream, pumpkin pie spice, Wholesome!™ Organic Cane Sugar, and just enough unflavored gelatin to hold the mixture together, without creating a jello texture.
It brings out the best of both the gingersnap crust and the cheesecake layer.
Heavenly. These Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are utterly divine.
They make a marvelous seasonal treat to take to any holiday gathering, as well as an intriguing alternative pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving!
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