Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust

Smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling is poured over a Golden Oreo crust – these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are an easy way to get your pumpkin cheesecake fix!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust | ChezCateyLou.com

Well, it is time.  I tried to wait, but I just couldn’t.  It is futile to try to resist it.  And what is “it” you ask?  PUMPKIN!!!  I’m actually kind of mad at myself…I try not to bake with pumpkin until it is fall, and just because the calendar says September and school has started does not mean it is fall yet – there are still 12 more days of summer left!! And with the temperatures in NYC right now, it feels like early August!  But I just couldn’t help myself.  Pumpkin has overtaken the blogging world, and after looking at pumpkin recipe after pumpkin recipe, I just HAD to make something for myself.  After all, pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite things to bake with – I devoted a whole week to pumpkin deliciousness last year!  So, for my first recipe of the season I bring you Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust – a pretty great way to kick off pumpkin season!
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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

A cakey cookie base is topped with pb cups, cheesecake filling, and topped with pb chips and chocolate! These Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars are easy to make and addicting!
Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

I can’t even begin to tell you how many of my recipes are a result of trying to use up an ingredient in my fridge. I HATE wasting food, but I’m constantly buying something for a recipe and then only using part of it.

Ex: milk. I will buy milk to make muffins, and then I have an entire carton to use up! (TheBetterHalf and I both hate to drink milk).

So this recipe came about because I had exactly 5 oz of cream cheese to use up! And I conveniently had 3 king size packs of Reese’s peanut butter cups (I can’t resist things that are on sale). And thus, Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars were born!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Creamy peanut butter cheesecake on an oreo crust topped with melted chocolate – these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are rich and delicious, but are actually skinnier than the real thing!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

My blogger friends and I are celebrating our love for cheesecake today since it is NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY!  At the bottom of this post are links for 70 different cheesecake recipes. Whoa. That’s a lot of cream cheese right there! The brilliant idea of getting all of us together to celebrate came from the lovely Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking!  If you’ve never seen her blog, definitely check it out!  She is constantly posting amazing food that is also easy to make!

My recipe for our cheesecake celebration is Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars – and as an added bonus, they are skinny! Ok kind of skinny. I will explain…

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