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Cranberry Pumpkin Crumble Cheesecake Squares

Cranberry Pumpkin Crumble Cheesecake SquaresThese festive cheesecake squares make a wonderful dessert for fall and winter holiday entertaining.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
21/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cheesecake:
4 packages (8 ounces each) softened cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup dried cranberries

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, with ends extending over sides of pan.
  2. For crust, combine crumbs, nuts, sugar and butter; mix well. Firmly press 3 cups of mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan. Set aside remaining 1 cup while preparing cheesecake.
  3. For cheesecake, mix cream cheese, sugar and flour in large bowl of electric mixer on medium speed until blended, about 2 minutes. While mixing, add sour cream, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until just blended. Fold in cranberries. Pour cheesecake batter over crust.
  4. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture over top of cheesecake.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift cheesecake from pan, using foil edges. Cut into 16 pieces. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Makes 16 squares.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of www.butterball.com, through ECES, Inc., Electronic Color Editorial Services.