Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Makes 16 bars

20 chocolate wafer cookies, (half a 9-ounce package)
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 packages bar cream cheese, (8 ounces each)
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin puree
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch
square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an
overhang on all sides. Set aside.

2. In a food processor, blend cookies with sugar until finely ground
(you should have about 1 cup crumbs); add butter, and pulse until

3. Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and press gently into
bottom. Bake until fragrant and slightly firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Set
aside to cool.

4. Place cream cheese in food processor; blend until smooth. Add
sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, flour, pumpkin-pie spice, and salt;
process until combined. Set aside.

5. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second
increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add 1 cup pumpkin
mixture; stir to combine. Set aside.

6. Pour remaining pumpkin mixture into prepared pan. Drop dollops of
chocolate mixture onto pumpkin mixture; swirl. Bake until cheesecake
is set but jiggles slightly when gently shaken, 40 to 50 minutes.

7. Cool in pan. Cover; chill until firm, at least 2 hours (and up to 2
days). Using overhang, transfer cake to work surface. With a knife
dipped in water, cut into 16 squares. Serve.

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