Swirled Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Bars

Recipe by dicentra
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READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 24 bars
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
  • 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.
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