So I made a deal with a friend this weekend if they made dinner I would make dessert. With Thanksgiving less than a week away of course I had a pumpkin treat in mind! I took to Pinterest for inspiration and put together my own recipe for pumpkin cheesecake bars.
Ingredients for Crust
- 24 oreos (or sugar free oreo-like cookies)
- 2 tbsp melted butter
Ingredients for Cheesecake
- 2 8oz packages greek yogurt cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
To make the crust: First, pre-heat oven at 325°. Next, crush up the oreos using a blender or food processor for the best results. (I have a ninja blender and use the single serve smoothie attachments to crush my oreos six at a time. I tried doing them all at once with the large blender but it didn’t work so well) Once you have the oreos crushed, mix them with the melted butter and spread the mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan. Once the mixture is in the bottom of the pan press down and make sure it is evenly spread. Now you are ready to put the crust in the over for 12 minutes.
While the crust is baking start working on the cheesecake mixture
First, using a hand mixer combine the cream cheese. Once the cream cheese no longer sticks inside the mixing attachments you are ready to add the honey. Gently mix the honey in and once it is combined you are ready to add the pumpkin puree. Next you’ll add both the vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice. For the final prep step of the cheesecake you will mix one egg in at a time. Now if you want to lick the mixture I promise I won’t tell 😉 Seriously though try it and if the pumpkin taste isn’t strong enough for you go ahead and add the rest of the can if you bought an 8oz can.
After the crust is done baking for 12 mins and the cheesecake mixture is prepared pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the oreo crust and bake at 325° for 40 mins.
Once the cheesecake bars are done baking take them out of the oven immediately and let them cool on the counter 15 mins before placing in the refrigerator to cool for 3 hours minimum. Overnight is ideal (if you leave them in the over and simply turn off the oven the bars will continue to bake until the heat subsides)
Once the bars have cooled enjoy your delicious creation and share how the recipe turned out for you below.
Cheers to happy baking!