Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

This recipe comes from the blue Whispering Pines (Honea Path, SC) cookbook, and I believe it’s the second one they made. There are 2 recipes out of this cookbook that are among my favorite recipe collection. The other recipe contains cream cheese too!

I’ll give you the original recipe, and then the crust change that I did on it this time.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

1 c. flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
5 T. butter
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
1 – 8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. pumpkin
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour and brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter to make crumb mixture. Stir in nuts. Set aside 3/4 cup of crumbs. Press rest onto a 8x8x1.5″ baking pan. Bake in 350° oven for 15 minutes. Cool. Combine cream cheese, sugar, pumpking, eggs, spices and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour over crust. Sprinkle rest of crumb mixture on top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 350°. Cool before cutting.

I love ginger snap cookies, and especially love it combined with pumpkin desserts. So I made this one with 1 1/2 cups ginger snap cookies, finely chopped (in mini food processor), 1/4 c. brown sugar & 5 T. softened butter.

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It was easy to blend with a whisk. Bake the same length of time as the original recipe.

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I haven’t made regular cheesecakes very often but one tip I learned from my mom about them is to not beat the eggs hard once you add them to the rest of the stuff. Just enough to blend it together.

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And a regular cheesecake, it may crack if you cool it too fast.This recipe is not very critical. I put it in the fridge within 20 minutes of taking it out of the oven with no issues.

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The original crust recipe is very delicious too!! And it can be made without pecans. I think this is actually better a day or 2 after it’s made. Just need some chai (or coffee if you’d prefer) to go with this piece!

Happy baking!


Because I haven’t done a “random” post recently. Like you really care how often I do a “random” post. Like you care how 2008 the word “random” is. Like I should just get on with what I’m gonna say and cut the theatrics.

Now that I have that snarkiness out of my system, let me just tell you that we have FALL colors in southeast Georgia. Even some of the pecan trees, whose leaves normally turn green and fall off, have GOLDEN ones this year. We had a HARD frost last weekend (okay, enough with the all caps – it’s as bad as overusing “random”), in which were very thankful we weren’t shivering in some cold cabin at church campout. 45° the previous weekend doesn’t seem as cold as 32°. Mostly because it’s not.

My, aren’t I sharp tonight.

I really wanted to capture some beautiful shots of what leaf color we have but is so near dark when I get home from work that it’s too late to get any, especially on an overcast day like today (you folks in the tornado watch area stay safe, please). Maybe I’ll make time to shoot in tomorrow morning’s golden light.

I did find some cotton to show you, though. The 1st term SMBI choir came through here several weeks back and someone mentioned that on this trip was the firs time they had seen cotton.

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So if this is the first cotton you’ve seen, you’re welcome. And no, it isn’t that textured in the field. Sorry for the unrealistic view of cotton.

And I must quit designing cards and do other things, like cleaning the house which sadly didn’t get done last weekend. I shall hammer down and get a bunch done tonight. To arrive at Saturday with a partially cleaned house would be a splendid thing.

Oh, and for those of you who like to read my sample names I put on the cards, these names are actual names of kids of celebrities. I kid you not. har har

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Not all in the same family, of course.

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And the names below all come from our local phone book. I quickly picked some unusual ones. If you are pregnant and picking out names, and decide to use one of them, let me know!

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Seriously, I kid. About you naming your kids after one of these. I kid not that they came from the phone book. Of course, I saw a number of typos in the phone book so maybe some of these are spelled wrong too.

And maybe, just maybe, tomorrow night I will have time to share the pumpkin cheesecake recipe that was being talked about on FB. Totally not my original recipe but I’m totally excited about sharing it. Because that means there will be cheesecake in the house.

And if I can figure out how to insert a FB Like button, I will put on here to my Impressions by ML page.

Glued to the Laptop

is how I feel like the last few weeks have been. The good news is that the church calendar design work is 99% finished, and the other photo editing waiting to be done is finished. I am very excited about not worrying about the calendar project in the month of December.

But I did go down to Jekyll one Sunday afternoon with Wendy and Tabitha.

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Note: This is neither Wendy nor Tabitha. har har

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Oh, and I was in Atlanta one weekend but I don’t think I have any pictures from that.  And this past weekend was our church campout. And yes, I have many photos from that but I’m not going to post any tonight. We had a great time and I’m still chuckling over the talent night!!

I have also added a few more Christmas cards to the collection.

Here are a few:

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And in case you’re wondering about the sample names …. Well, aren’t you glad I don’t get to name your kids?!?!

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