Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars With a Pecan Crust

And now... back to your regularly scheduled program! Delicious Fall Treats!

Fall has arrived. It is official. I spent the day yesterday raking leaves... in 80 degree weather. (ahh...sigh of delight) It was a delightful Monday. Since I no longer work on Mondays, I was able to be out in the sun, soaking up some solar rays before the cool dark days of winter surround us all. Time to return inward, back to our cozy fires, warm stews and wool blankets. Time to break out my knitting from last year, my must-read list and mugfuls of hot apple cider. Magic is afoot. As our days shorten, the mist hovers ever so gently above the ponds and streams. Frost creeps and coats millions of blades of grass with it's white crisp covering. The leaves cackle and crackle and those busy,busy squirrels scamper to and fro, stealthily trying to hide their stash.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Since I am a Halloween Baby, pumpkins have also been on my mind. (I have told  all my students, past and present that I am a real live witch, as only witches are born on Halloween. I also used to keep a lovely broom over my kitchen door. It was easy to convince my childrens young friends that I indeed used it to fly.)  Ah yes... the trick in trick or treat... I believe that is what my mother said the day I was born. Must have been a hard labor, poor thing. But then again, giving birth is never easy.

In preparation for my week of work, kids, cooking and "child refereeing," I decided upon pumpkin chocolate cheesecake bars. They will be a welcome addition on our table all week long. Let us see how long they last!

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars - Based off of Martha Stewart's, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and Ghiradelli Marbled Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients for Crust
1 stick of softened butter (unsalted)
1 cup pecans
1 cup flour
14/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 325. Chop pecans in the food processor until you have a nice nut meal. Add in butter, sugar, salt and flour. Pulse until the mixture becomes crumbly and press into a 9x9 inch (ungreased) pan. Bake for about 14-15 minutes until slightly golden brown. You will start to smell it. Take out of oven, and let cool on rack. Turn oven up to 350.


Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Filling

Ingredients for Filling
2 packages of softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 can pure solid-pack pumpkin
3 TBS. flour
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. semi sweet Chocolate

In a small, heavy bottomed pan, melt chocolate. Let stand. In stand mixer, blend cream cheese until very smooth. Add sugar, pumpkin puree. Mix until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl with each addition. Add in flour, and salt. Mix again. Remove 1 cup of the cheesecake mixture and mix into the melted chocolate. Mix well. Pour pumpkin mixture into the prepared crust. Spoon chocolate mixture in large dollops on the top of the pumpkin mixture. Take a knife and swirl throughout the cake until you have a lovely marbled design. Bake for about 45 minutes, until cheesecake is set but jiggles slightly. Let cool for several hours, chill overnight and serve.


Loads of foodie love! xoxo Megan ♥♥♥




30 comments:

  1. Wow!! These look absolutely delicious!! Beautiful colors, too!

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  2. I'm drooling all over my keyboard. Yum city, I have to try this recipe.

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  3. Those look beautiful and really really good! I love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin.

    It's been in the 80's here too. I'm really ready for some cooler weather!

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  4. yum! im so obsessed with pumpkin lately. i must try this..can't go wrong with pumpkin and chocolate!

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  5. Your Pumpkin Chocolate bars look beautiful and luscious. They are a wonderful tribute to Fall, which is my favorite season. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. These look scrumptious! They'd be great with a cold glass of milk or warm apple cider. Thanks!

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  7. Beautiful and tasty...can't wait to try making them too :D

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  8. YUM! They look so beautiful!! Loving the chocolate and pumpkin mixture- sounds divine! Haha, raking leaves in 80 degree weather- wow! I wish we had leaves to rake, we play in the leaves on walks in the morning hehe! Must be fun being a Halloween baby! Great for stories, and you seemed to have taken well advantage! I love it!!

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  9. Wow Megan, this is so seducing! How I wish I can have a few slices right now. Hmm... selivating already. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  10. Hola Megan, espero que me entiendas.....entraste en mi blog y claro he venido rápidamente a ver el tuyo y la verdad es que lo que he visto me gusta muuuucho. Nos vamos siguiendo vale???
    muchos besos

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  11. Save one for me! I'm glad to see your pecan crust worked out, unlike mine. I will have to add butter next time.

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  12. These look divine. Soft and chewy. Love any recipe with "cheesecake" in the title.

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  13. This looks good. I would really love to have a slice of this with a cup of hot coffee. Maybe two slices.... !

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  14. They look fantastic. A perfect fall treat!

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  15. Wow, these bars sound fantastic! They really are a great fall treat, my daughter was due on halloween but ended up coming 2 days early, so she is close to being a Halloween Baby, which makes for real fun b-day parties:)

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  16. Those look absolutely fantastic! I'll have to try this recipe asap :) I need new treat before Halloween :)

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  17. Oh I love cheesecake bars and am so jealous you get to rake leaves! I have never tried pumpkin cheesecake, but these look delicious, thanks!

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  18. Wow do these look good, I would be in trouble with these around :)
    Happy Birthday month!

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  19. I want to eat my screen. Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. WOW these look great. I love the swirl on the top--so pretty! I think it's cool that you were born on Halloween. I love that you convince the kids that you are a real witch lol very cute!

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  21. WHOA! You are killing me with these brownies! Between your description of fall's arrival and these brownies, I am now, very much in love.

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  22. gaaaaaaaaah! would love to have a piece of that! that looks so good :)


    have a lovely weekend!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  23. Oh nice, Megan (Witchy Lady)! These look really delicious. I've never made chocolate and pumpkin together, but I like the idea of it. Sounds good:)

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  24. oh goodness gracious!! Talk about HEAVEN!!!!!!

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