Swirled Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Bars

From Sunset Magazine. Most pumpkin bars are topped with a cream cheese frosting. These swirl it right into the bar! ETA: I'm still on the hunt for a pumpkin pie like bar. These are more cake like, but very yummy!

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  • 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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"From Sunset Magazine. Most pumpkin bars are topped with a cream cheese frosting. These swirl it right into the bar! ETA: I'm still on the hunt for a pumpkin pie like bar. These are more cake like, but very yummy!"
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  1. djafishfria
    I really like this recipe. I wanted to use up some pumpkin, and make bars that I could wrap for selling at a food stand. These worked great, as the cream cheese added to the appearance and a good flavor, but it was well baked in so I didn't have to worry about the bars getting runny. Good flavor, and pretty easy to make. I made in a 9 by 13- no prob
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  2. cookn4mytwins
    These were very good. We love pumpkin and we love cream cheese and the two of them together are great! I did substitute butternut squash for the pumpkin which wouldn't affect the flavor at all. I'll make these again. Thanks!
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  3. cookn4mytwins
    These were very good. We love pumpkin and we love cream cheese and the two of them together are great! I did substitute butternut squash for the pumpkin which wouldn't affect the flavor at all. I'll make these again. Thanks!
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  4. dicentra
    From Sunset Magazine. Most pumpkin bars are topped with a cream cheese frosting. These swirl it right into the bar! ETA: I'm still on the hunt for a pumpkin pie like bar. These are more cake like, but very yummy!
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