These are rich and creamy bars that are my husband's favorite during the holiday season! He takes a batch along to all of his Christmas functions at work. The recipe is always requested so, now, I send a copy along with him!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees C (175 degrees C). Coat a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan with non-stick spray.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, on low speed, combine cake mix, 1 egg, margarine, and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice until crumbly. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.

  • In another large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, then remaining two eggs, pumpkin, remaining 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, and salt; mix well. Pour over crust; sprinkle with pecans.

  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until set.

  • Cool, then chill in refrigerator. Cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

232.8 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 24g 8% DV; fat 13.9g 21% DV; cholesterol 52.3mg 17% DV; sodium 226.8mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2003
Tastes very much like pumpkin pie. I wish I had followed the suggestion to bake in a 9x13 pan rather than a jelly roll pan because I think I would prefer them "deeper." For those who do not have pumpkin pie spice here is how to make the 4 teaspoons called for in this recipe: Mix together 2 t. cinnamon 1 t. ginger 1/2 t. allspice and 1/2 t. nutmeg. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/08/2003
I made these tonight and was disappointed! They taste nothing like cheesecake at all. The crust is much too sweet and chewy. It should be made with a graham cracker crust and renamed pumpkin squares. If you're really looking for pumpkin cheesecake...keep looking! Sorry! Read More
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144 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 94
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2003
Tastes very much like pumpkin pie. I wish I had followed the suggestion to bake in a 9x13 pan rather than a jelly roll pan because I think I would prefer them "deeper." For those who do not have pumpkin pie spice here is how to make the 4 teaspoons called for in this recipe: Mix together 2 t. cinnamon 1 t. ginger 1/2 t. allspice and 1/2 t. nutmeg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2007
great recipe. i used a 9x13 pan and yellow cake mix instead of pound cake and it was absolutely wonderful. made it for work and everyone asked for the recipe. definetly tastes more like pumpkin pie than cheesecake but i think its better than pumpkin pie because its much creamier. we have a winner!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2005
I made this twice this week for gatherings. Very good recipe. I changed it the second time. I added a ginger snap crust and added a layer of cheese cake(recipe for chescake cups)then the pumpkin on top and baked until a tooth pick came clean. Perfect!!! I will only make this with the layer of cheesecake from now on. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2007
Very good! I didn't think they were too sweet loved the pumpkin flavor and the spicing was very good (I used the recommended by Mama Cass and added just a pinch of clove) I also added a tsp of vanilla to the pumpkin mix because I don't bake anything sweet without vanilla. I also substituted low fat cream cheese with no problems to cut a little of the fat and used a 9X13 pan and baked for 50 minutes it turned out perfectly. I would recommend spraying the heck out of the pan though because I had a hard time getting them out of the pan (and I used well-seasoned stoneware which normally nothing sticks to). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2007
Delicious and easy dish everyone loved it. you can't go wrong unless you did what I did the second time making them I accidently used pumpkin PIE mix instead of pumpkin puree. still tasted good but definitely wasn't the same:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
I made this recently for my husband who really loves pumpkin pie (I'm not personally a big pumpkin pie fan). He absolutely loved it and said it's the best dessert he's ever eaten. The next day it was served with whipped cream at a family gathering and everyone there loved it. I tried it and also thought it was great even though I don't generally care for pumpkin pie. Before making it I read some of the other comments that indicated the final product was not really very "cheesecake-like". I wanted to make something basically like a pumpkin-pie flavoured cheesecake so I made a few changes to the recipe and it turned out exactly like I wanted. I added an extra package of cream cheese (I used two 250g packages) and an extra egg (for a total of three eggs in the batter plus the one in the crust). I also added about a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter. For the crust I used a Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix and I made it in a metal 9" X 13" pan (I sprayed the pan generously with cooking spray and had no trouble getting the cake out of the pan). I omitted the pecans as we don't like nuts. I baked it for about an hour. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2004
Excellent recipe. Everyone at work loved them. I wish they were a little more like cheesecake; they taste just like pumpkin pie squares. Made them in a 9x13 glass casserole. They came out much better the second time (the first batch was gone in a couple days) probably because I baked a good 10 min longer and also put the nuts on top of the crust before putting in the pumpkin mix. I couldn't find pumpkin spice at the store so I had to call a friend to go online and read me the ingredients someone else posted... 2 t. cinnamon 1 t. ginger 1/2 t. allspice and 1/2 t. nutmeg. The recipe should be amended with those ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2006
This is a great quick treat! I wanted a little more cream cheese flavor so I drizzled a cream cheese frosting all over. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2006
These were a big hit with my family. I subbed yellow cake mix instead of pound cake and it was great. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/08/2003
I made these tonight and was disappointed! They taste nothing like cheesecake at all. The crust is much too sweet and chewy. It should be made with a graham cracker crust and renamed pumpkin squares. If you're really looking for pumpkin cheesecake...keep looking! Sorry! Read More
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