These come from Framed, and I think I like them almost as much as I like pumpkin pie. It's close enough that, adding in the facts that (a) I don't have to roll out a pie crust, and (b) these have oats and nuts in them, these cookies win over pie. Wow.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1 1/3 C flour
¾ C sugar, divided
½ C brown sugar
1 ½ sticks butter
1 C old-fashioned oats
½ C chopped walnuts
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 13 x 9" pan with foil, with ends extending over sides, and grease with cooking spray.

Combine flour, ¼ C of the sugar and all the brown sugar in medium bowl. Add butter and mix with 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can also do this by pulsing in the food processor. Stir in oats and nuts.

Reserve 1 C of the oat mixture and press the rest into the baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and spice until well blended and pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and chips. Bake 25 minutes at 350°.

Cool 10 minutes and use foil ends to transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely and then cut into squares.

Store in refrigerator.

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