Cheesecake Pumpkin Bars in a Jar

Hands down, Thanksgiving meal is my favorite of the year.

Every single part of it is fabulous… the appetizers, the side dishes, the main meal.

But you know me, I cant say no to a delicious dessert!

 

Cheesecake Pumpkin Bars in a Jar

Ingredients

    Pumpkin Bar Filling
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 13 1/2 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • Ginger Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups crushed gingerbread cookies
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Cheesecake Filling
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk (I prefer whole)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. For Pumpkin Bar Filling:
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and combine by hand until creamy. Set aside while preparing crust.
  3. For Gingerbread Crust:
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, add melted butter to crushed gingerbread cookies. Take 5-6 wide mouth half pint jars and spray with non-stick spray. Using about 1/4 cup gingerbread crust per jar, spread evenly over bottom of jar. I was able to fill five jars perfectly.
  5. Place jars on cookie sheet and set in over for five minutes.
  6. Remove jars from over and immediately pour pumpkin filling over top, being sure to not fill jar to top. (You want to save room for the cheesecake!) I had enough filling for six jars, (but only enough crumbs for five) so I just made one jar without a crust.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until center is set. (Not jiggly) After baking, set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
  8. For Cheesecake Filling:
  9. Place room temperature cream cheese into mixer and add superfine sugar, most of your milk, and vanilla. Start mixer on slow, then slowly move up to medium speed. Mix for about 2 minutes. I did use all 3/4 cup of milk, but you may only need 1/2 cup depending on how thick you want your cheesecake filling. (You can buy superfine sugar or make your own by putting your regular granulated sugar into a food processor until fine and powdery)
  10. Carefully spoon cheesecake filling over the the top of your cooled pumpkin filling. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
  11. Topping Options:
  12. Top with whipped cream, crushed gingersnap cookies, caramel sauce, cinnamon, or any flavor you desire!
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These were inspired by these bars from Krusteaz and my love of cheesecake.  You could certainly just use the box mix bars as well as a box mix of no-bake cheesecake.

The reason I am so in love with these Cheesecake and Pumpkin Gingersnap Bars in a Jar is not only for the delectable flavor… but for their convenience.   I like grabbing a bar and plopping down in front of the TV later on Thanksgiving night.  I like that I can stick them into any nook and cranny in the fridge because its overflowing with turkey and mashed potato leftovers.  I love that its the perfect serving size.  (for me!)

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Cocktails, Appetizers, Salads and Breads:

Haute Apple Pie: Apple Jack

Cooking With Books: Spiced Couscous and Walnut Salad

Mooshu Jenne: Honey Bacon Potato Pops

Food For My Family: Roasted Beet and Lacinato Kale Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Super Seeded Cornbread

Main:

FN Dish: Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey

Sides:

Feed Me Phoebe: Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing With Hazelnuts and Cranberries

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chorizo, Cornbread and Tortilla Dressing

Sweet Life: Apple Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

And Love It, Too: Paleo Green Bean Casserole

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Sweet Spiced Winter Squash Casserole

Red or Green?: Corn, Peppers and Onion Saute

Simple Bites: Honey Pomegranate Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Virtually Homemade: Fresh Orange and Cranberry Sauce With Toasted Walnuts

What’s Gaby Cooking: Sweet Potato Gratin

The Heritage Cook: Cauliflower Gratin

Creative Culinary: Creamy Mushroom Bake With Parmesan and Panko

Bacon and Souffle: Spicy Carnival Squash

Desserts:

Add a Pinch: Caramel Pie

Chez Us: Pumpkin Cheesecake With Chocolate Swirls