Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Ingredients
• 1 – package (17.5 oz.) oatmeal cookie mix
• ½ cup butter
• 2 – 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
• 1 ¾ cup sugar • 3 eggs
• 1 – 15oz. can pumpkin
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
• ¼ tsp. salt
• 1 cup chocolate pieces
• ¼ cup butter
• pecan halves

Directions
• Preheat oven to 350° • Line a 15 x 10 inch pan with greased foil
For Crust: • Place cookie mix in a bowl • Cut in ½ cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs • Press mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan• Bake about 10 minutes until set.
For Filling: • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until combined • Add eggs, one at a time, until combined • Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice & salt • Pour pumpkin mixture over the crust, spreading evenly • Bake 30-35 minutes, until slightly puffed around edges and just set in center • Cool on a wire rack.
For Topping: • Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave until softened for 30-60 seconds – stir until smooth • Spread over uncut bars & top with pecan halves • Cover and chill for 2 – 24 hours • Cut into bars and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.