allWhat's not to love about these?!? Pumpkin, bourbon, cheesecake, and gingersnaps...delicious. These bars were great for the Halloween party I went to last week. Sure, it wasn't a big, grand cheesecake, but they were a whole lot easier to eat at a party and they were much quicker than making--and cooling--an entire pumpkin swirl cheesecake. I would definitely recommend them for a fun fall get together!
Swirled Pumpkin-Bourbon Cheesecake Squares
adapted from Kathleen Desmond Stang, Pumpkins and Squash
about 20 gingersnaps, broken into large pieces
1/4 c. granulated sugar
3 TBSP butter, melted
1 TBSP bourbon
11 oz. low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 c. low-fat sour cream
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 TBSP (packed) dark brown sugar
3 TBSP bourbon
1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9x2 in. square pan with foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
2. To make the crust: Process the gingersnaps in a food processor until very finely chopped. You should have one cup of crumbs. Combine crumbs, sugar, butter, and bourbon. Pat into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool on a rack.
3. To make the filling: Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, granulated sugar, and flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, vanilla, and bourbon and beat until smooth.
4. Scoop 3/4 c. of the cream cheese mixture into a medium bowl and stir in pumpkin puree and brown sugar.
5. Spoon the plain cream cheese mixture evenly over the crumb layer in the pan. Dollop pumpkin mixture on top and swirl with a fork to make a decorative design.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until firm in the middle when gently shaken. Cool in the pan for one hour. Chill thoroughly.
7. To serve, lift cheesecake and foil from pan. Cut into squares.