These pumpkin cheesecake bars are quick, easy and seriously almost TOO good (if there is such a thing)! The crust is a simple mixture of gingersnap cookies, pecans and melted butter. The classic pumpkin cheesecake layer is loaded with those traditional Fall flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. Then it’s finished off with a drizzle of caramel, toasted chopped pecans and a dollop of whipped cream.
Make sure your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature. I actually like to leave by cream cheese and eggs out overnight on the counter so that they are completely at room temp before I start baking.
If you’re using parchment paper to line the pan, make sure you’ve got little METAL clothespins to hold the parchment paper up and away (see pictures above) or it will fold over the cheesecake. Make sure they are metal and NOT wood as those will burn in the oven.
Once you’ve added the eggs, mix batter JUST until combined. Do not over mix. This can cause the top of the cheesecake to crack and can also yield and undesirable texture.
The cheesecake will still be quite jiggly when it’s done. This is normal. As long as the edges are set and pulling away from the sides of the pan, the cheesecake is cooked! It will continue to set as it cools in the fridge. Cooking cheesecake too long will yield a dry cheesecake.
Wipe your knife clean after each cut for flawless slices. Use a sharp knife and after cutting each slice, wipe the knife clean with a paper towel or kitchen towel. This will ensure that your slices come out picture perfect!
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