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What’s Cooking with Julie: Dreamy Pumpkin Bars

By Julie White

Halloween or Thanksgiving is such a fun time to make an unusual pumpkin treat. These might become a favorite!

Dreamy Pumpkin Bars

pumpkin-dream-barsIngredients:
1 stick or 1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup flour
1 cup of uncooked oatmeal

Filling:
16-ounce block of softened cream cheese
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 can of solid-packed pumpkin (16 ounce)
1/2 cup of light corn syrup
4 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons cinnamon
Pinch of cloves, optional

Directions:
Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine butter, sugar and ginger until well blended, add flour and oats.
Spread in the bottom of the baking pan, bake for 20 minutes until browned. Cool.
Beat cream cheese and additional sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well. Pour over cooled crust. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the center of the bars is done or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool and cut into bars.

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