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Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Praline Bars Are a Creamy, Crumbly Confection

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Oh pumpkin...I'll take one of any dessert that's got it inside. These Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Praline Bars are the best of many worlds. Cheesecake...praline bars...this dessert is a creamy, crumbly confection that you'll absolutely love.

This treat is great for anytime you need a little something sweet for a group of people. These pumpkin bars will be a big hit!

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Ingredients:

For the pumpkin filling

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup flour

For the filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the praline topping

  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.

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Using a hand or stand mixer, mix the butter and brown sugar together for 2 minutes in medium speed. Add in the pumpkin pie spice and mix for 20 more seconds until incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the vanilla, eggs, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and continue mixing until smooth.

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Mix in the pumpkin on low speed until combined and then finally add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.

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Spread this batter into the bottom of the prepared pan.

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For the filling, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla continuing to mix on medium speed until combined.

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Spread the filling onto the batter in the pan and top with the remaining batter.

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For the praline topping, beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the flour and pecans and mix until crumbly and combined, about 1 minute.

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Sprinkle this mixture on top of the pumpkin batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is set to the touch.

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Allow to cool on a wire rack completely and cut into bars.


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