You know you want some...

I took THESE to book club last week.


Yes. I do get out. I see real women at real GNOs. What book for book club?

I have no idea.

The grown up girly food froze my brain.

Apparently the deal is to OUT-do each other with the treats you bring to book club, and then no one will care that you didn't read the book, even though you claimed to have read it a hundred years ago in Jr. High. (Who would do that?)

There was this homemade 7layer dip with REAL guac in it. The kind where you walk away from the tray with 3/4ths of it on your plate, and go? Oops. How did SO much of that get on my plate? Oh well, no one wants to eat it if I put it back right?? So yeah, I ate all of that. AND another sweet mom there had gotten all Martha on us and brought these cute little puff balls of chocolate cupcakes with giant marshmallow heads and chunks of chocolate bars for garnish. (Literally. She used a Martha recipe she confessed. The little devil.)

Oh. And HOMEmade Hot chocolate. Did you even know you can MAKE hot chocolate? As in NOT from a metallic packet? Yeah, and whipped cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

After all that?
So much for my now not -so-amazing:

Chocolate Cheesecake Pumpkin Bars


Just in case you'd like to try these? (And there were one or two--or 18-- twitter friends who said they did....) The recipe seems intimidating. But so did Twitter at first right? It's easy, just follow in steps. (And USE parchment paper...many a frickin swear word avoided via Parchment.)


2.5 C Graham Crackers--crushed
1/2 C Sugar
1 C Melted Butter
--mix well and set aside


3) 8 oz PKGS. Cream Cheese (softened)
2 2/3 C Sugar
4 Eggs
1 1/2 C Pureed Canned Pumpkin
3/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
3/4 tsp. Vanilla
1/4+ tsp. Salt
--6 Oz. chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
3 Tbls. Butter


2 C Sour Cream (yes the real stuff)
1/3 C Sugar

There are 4 layers total. So we'll have 4 steps to get to those layers, eh?

Step One:

Lightly grease 15x9 pan for crust (here's where the parchment comes in handy, I spray the parchment a bit!) Press cracker mixture in the bottom and set aside.

PreHeat oven to 325 degrees

Step Two:

Filling. In large bowl beat together cream cheese & sugar. Add eggs one at a time on low speed. Stir in the pumpkin, spice, vanilla & salt.
---Pour 2 Cups of this Pumpkin mixture into another bowl and set both bowls aside. (There's a lot of asides in this.)

Step Three:

In small saucepan over very low heat melt chips and butter while stirring. Remove from heat. Add the reserved 2 cups filling to this chocolate-y mixture. Stir till smooth.

Spread the chocolate/pumpkin batter carefully over the graham crust. Bake for 15 min. Remove from oven and slowly pour the other bowl of filling over this partially cooked chocolate layer. Bake another 40-50 minutes. Until the edges slightly puff up and the center is set. (Don't over cook, a little wiggle-y in the middle is fine.) Remove from oven and cool for 30 min.


Step Four:

Topping. Meanwhile, combine sour cream and 1/4 C sugar and let stand until cheesecake pan is cool. Then spread sour cream mixture over filling. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Keep refrigerated.

Cut into squares and then cut squares into diagonals for the Martha factor.
I honestly can't remember where I came across this recipe. So if' it's your great aunt Edna's tell her I'm sorry for stealing it?

Oh. And this makes a ton. Taking half the pan into your husband's office tends to get lots of ...ahem...cheesecake points. (Ask me how I know.)


~Am on a quest for other great Pumpkin Recipes... Send me yours and I'll link them here:

Connie Has TWO pumpkin breads for you!


Kaye Butler said...

Um, not trying to whip out the Martha or Betty Crocker on ya...but, unitl I met Tim I had never had hot chocolate from a box...and even to this day, I don't buy it, we make it. One thing my mother was good at...everything from scratch.

I'm going to pass along your reciepe to my sisterinlaw...she's a pumpkin lover.

KatieZ said...

Definitly goint to try this. Hubby loves pumpking and loves cheesecake. And even though he professes to be very manyly (which he is), He LOVES girlie desserts!

Cant Hardly Wait said...

holy yum cakes batman. Thanks for the recipe. it looks deliiisssh.

Claremont First Ward said...

One of the reasons I love this season is my love for all things pumpkin. I MUST make this recipe. It looks delicious!

P.S. only 5 shy of 100 this week! :)

Unknown said...

I was so droolin over the 7layer of my weaknesses yum

Kristina P. said...

Why are you doing this to me!

Oh, and did you say you would do a Twitter tutorial?

Deb said...

i'm in love. but i'd much rather have you cook them and mail them to me. you can just include them with the bag!

Anonymous said...

I am dying to find a "real live" book club to join around here. AND..your treats look soo yummy!!!

GNO was fun! See you next week!

ParentingPink said...

Oh, you delight me with your pumpkin knowledge (and recipes!). I actually do have a great recipe for "pumpkin pancakes." My girls love 'em. I'll PM you directly with the recipe!

Wildtree Kristie said...

Yummy! Can't wait to try your recipe out. I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but I like it in other dishes.

I'm getting ready to blog a few pumpkin recipes :-)

Connie said...

Those look so delicious and not that hard at all!

How do you make REAL hot chocolate?

Kellan said...

YUM - you are making me so hungry!! Thanks for the great recipe. See you soon - Kellan

Jenni said...

I prefer all of my desserts to be fruit and vegetable free...I am a purist that way.

Melissa Ann Browning said...

I started to read the recipe and realized how long it was and then gave up.... Sorry! But they look delish :)

Pioneer woman recently had a slew of postings under the cooking section all involving pumpkin (homemade pumpkin puree to be exact), and she's said that there are more coming... She has a recipe index if you want to check...

The closest recipe with pumpkin I could give you right now would be:
1) get in the car
2) drive to Target
3) buy pumpkin-flavored something....

This is the extent of my cooking right now. It's sad... so sad....

Rachel said...

Oooo -- that sounds soooo good!

PSF - My Mommy is Crazie!

Jaime said...

Those look delicious!! Too bad you moved so far away, I would have loved to have you make me some! Haha:)

Laurie said...

Looks really good. Will have to try it.

Get your wii?

Mikki said...

Oh my yumminess!!! Those look delicious. I'm gonna' have to try these out for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!

Penny Ryder said...

They look like they must be full of fattening deliciousness! I'm trying to lose weight for the summer!

Oh my heck! I was featured. And it didn't hurt or anything!