My Hubby isn't a huge fan of pumpkin but he loves these bars. They are so yummy!
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with cooking spray
Pumpkin batter: Mix together the butter and sugar. With a mixing spoon or whisk, beat in eggs, pumpkin, and water until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix four, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg together; stir into batter. Spread all but a few tablespoons batter evenly in prepared pan. Reserve the few tablespoons of batter.
Swirl: In a second bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add egg and beat just until it's mixed in. Drop tablespoons of cheese mixture over pumpkin batter, then drag a knife through to make marbles. Drop reserved tablespoons of better over top. The reason for this is, there's a lot of white batter, so putting a few tablespoons of pumpkin batter on top gives more of a contrast.
Bake on center rack until pumpkin batter springs back when touched, 30-40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Cut into bars.