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Great Groceries: Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars

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Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 stick butter, melted

2 (8 oz.) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 (8 oz.) package fat-free cream cheese

1 (15 oz.) can solid-pack pumpkin

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325º.

In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a

9 x 13-inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin, flour, pumpkin pie spice, cloves and vanilla. Add eggs; beat until combined. Pour over crust and sprinkle pecans overtop. Bake at for 35 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

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