Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These delicious pumpkin-flavoured cheesecake bars will be the perfect complement to your after-dinner snack, thanks to their autumnal flavour.

What you need

  •  1 package (for 2 layers) of yellow cake mix flour
  •  4 eggs, quantity divided
  •  1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  •  1 package (8 oz) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  •  1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  •  1/2 cup compacted brown sugar
  •  1 package (3.4 oz) JELL-O Pumpkin Spice Flavor Flavor Instant Pudding
  •  1 envelope of DREAM WHIP Whipped Topping Mix
  •  1/3 cup milk
  •  3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  •  1/8 teaspoon powdered cinnamon

Let’s make it

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 13×9-inch pan with foil, leaving the excess foil on sides; spray with cooking spray. Combine cake mix, 1 egg and butter well; press this into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, pudding powder and remaining eggs with an electric mixer; pour mixture over pie crust.
  4. Bake for 40 min. or until center is almost set; cool for 10 min. Use excess paper to transfer dessert to wire rack; cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, beat the topping, milk and syrup in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Then beat this on high speed for 4 min. or until the mixture forms stiff flakes. Refrigerate this topping until ready to use.
  6. Spread topping over dessert; sprinkle dessert with cinnamon.

Cooking Tips

Tip 1

Variant

Prepare this dessert with JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding and stir 1 tbsp. Pumpkin pie spice into the cream cheese mixture before pouring over the crust.

Tip 2

Alternative

Prepare with PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.

Tip 3

How to store

Store the dessert in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.

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