Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Submitted by Patrice Brown.

1 package (18 oz.) refrigerated ready-to-bake sugar cookie dough
1 package (10 oz.) cinnamon-flavored baking chips [optional]
3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. solid pack pumpkin
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs

Arrange 15 of the cookie dough pieces in a greased 9X13 baking pan; pat out to cover bottom of pan. Sprinkle chips over dough. Bake at 350 for 12-14 mins., or until crust is lightly browned. In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add pumpkin and spice; beat at low speed until blended. Beat in eggs. Pour batter over crust. Bake for 30-35 mins. until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack to room temperature. Chill for several hours before cutting into squares to serve.

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