Chocolate Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake Bars
Had some pumpkin puree and cream cheese on hand, wondering if I could make a dessert that had these two ingredients and chocolate. Found some recipes that almost fit my thoughts, then combined my own ideas, here these delicious cheesecake bars are. They were absolutely delightful and only lasted a few hours...
quick-cooking or rolled
sliced or whole
or all-purpose flour
chilled and cut into pieces
or light olive oil, or walnut, grape seed oil
|Pumpkin cream cheese layer:|
cream cheese (reduced-fat)
puree, canned or homemade, firmly packed
pumpkin pie spice
cut into small pieces, or chocolate chips, null, null
|Sour cream yogurt layer:|
To make the crust:
In a food processor, add the oats and almonds, process until almost finely ground.
Add the flour, sugar, butter and oil, process until well combined and starts to come together.
Transfer the mixture onto the buttered baking dish, and with the back of a spoon, spread and press the crumbly mixture evenly over the bottom until a firm crust forms.
Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges start to become brown.
Cool on a wire rack and lower the oven temperature to 325℉ (160℃).
To prepare the layers:
Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, beat until smooth.
Beat in the pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract until well combined and smooth.
Measure ⅔ cup of cream cheese and pumpkin mixture and set aside.
(I used a wooden spoon to finish these a few steps)
In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chunks and butter over low heat until smooth, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
Pour the ⅔ cup of mixture into a medium bowl, slowly add the chocolate mixture into the pumpkin mixture, and whisk constantly until all the chocolate mixture is well combined with pumpkin mixture.
Pour the chocolate pumpkin mixture into the baked crust, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Pour the remaining cream cheese - pumpkin mixture over the chocolate layers.
Bake for another 50 minutes to 1 hour until the top layer is set.
Cool on a wire rack for about 40 minutes.
To make the sour cream layer:
Mix sour cream, yogurt and sugar in a bowl until very smooth.
Spread the mixture evenly over the cheesecake. If it still feels warm, let cool to room temperature.
Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Cut into 9 squares and top with some grated or shaved chocolate.
Serve and enjoy.