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Classic Holiday Treats | Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars + Sugar Spiced Pecans

This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #McCormickMakesItHome #McCormickAtWalmart

The season of pumpkin spice and warming scents can't come soon enough for me. I'm sharing a couple of my favorite classic holiday treats of pumpkin cheesecake bars and sugar spiced pecans that are perfect with salads and wrapped up as hostess gifts.

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Holiday Spirit Down Every Aisle

The holiday spirit is alive and well at my local Walmart and not only because I can find all the ingredients I need to make tasty holiday dishes. No, on my recent trip to stock up on my holiday herbs, spices, gravy and extracts for my baking from McCormick® I witnessed the care I've come to expect at Walmart.

My heart sang as I watched a young Walmart associate give very detailed driving directions to a visiting couple. I saw her a second time, walking them through the aisles to help them knock out their grocery list.

It was so touching to see such care and goodwill in action. I know that the couple will pay it forward and I hope I remember to do the same this holiday season.

Taking care of my holiday recipe grocery list is so easy at Walmart. Easy parking, wide aisles to stock my cart and well marked grocery sections eliminate the stress of the season so I can focus on my list and those for whom I'm baking. Check out all of the McCormick® products you can find for your holiday baking at Walmart.

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Holiday Baking Headquarters

A fully stocked spice aisle is just what I need to make a batch of my spiced pecans. McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, McCormick® Ground Ginger, McCormick® Ground Cloves, McCormick® Ground Nutmeg and exotic McCormick® Ground Cardamom combine for a perfect spice blend that's sprinkled over crunchy pecans and topped with coarse sugar. Just 15 minutes in the oven and a spell on the cooling rack complete these little holiday gems.

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I always stock up on what I refer to as powdered gold or cinnamon at Walmart. They have McCormick® Ground Cinnamon and McCormick® Cinnamon Sugar blends that are a daily ingredient in our breakfast and after school snack time too.

For a quick and easy breakfast all year, I transfer McCormick® Cinnamon Sugar to a small sugar shaker that my kids can dust onto butter toast and top with sliced bananas or strawberries.

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Sugar Spiced Pecans Recipe

After I mix up a batch of my sugar spiced pecans, I let them fully cool and fill a half dozen small canning jars that I wrap with a ribbon. I'll store these sweet hostess gifts in my pantry and take them over the river and through the woods at our next invitation to celebrate the season with friends and family.

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This recipe is a breeze to make with just a few steps. I start by combining maple syrup with my pecan halves in a bowl, then add my McCormick® spice mix to the bowl and combine.

Next, I spread the coated pecans on a parchment lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with coarse sugar. I bake them for 15 minutes - flipping the pecans every 5 minutes - and let them cool completely.

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Sugar Spiced Pecans
Tasty and sweet spiced pecans are great for salads, snacking and antipasto platters. These make wonderful hostess gifts too!
Ingredients
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine pecans and maple syrup.
  • In a small bowl, combine all spices.
  • Add spices to pecan bowl and stir to coat.
  • Spread pecans out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle sugar over pecans.
  • Bake in oven for 15 minutes, turning pecans every 5 minutes. (set your timer for 5 minutes three times.)
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container and enjoy! 
Time Details
Prep time: 5Cook time: 15Total time: 2Yields 3 cups spiced pecans

 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe

I'm so happy to share this family favorite that I make all fall and winter. With three layers of goodness to these pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe, every bite is a surprise! I top with hand whipped heavy cream with a little bit of sugar and just the right amount of McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract.

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I start this pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe with a graham cracker crust that takes just minutes to make. I let the kids turn crackers into crumbs with the nearest wooden spoon and a resealable bag!

Next, I combine cream cheese, sour sugar, eggs, and McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in a bowl. I layer this on my crust base and bake for 30 minutes. 

While my cheesecake is baking, I make the pumpkin topping in a saucepan using pumpkin puree, McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice and McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, sugar, milk along with eggs and a bit of unflavored gelatin to give it a great texture.

I layer on the pumpkin topping to my fully cooled cheesecake and refrigerate overnight. I'll serve these pumpkin cheesecake bars with a dollop - or two! - of whipped cream.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Delicious autumn and holiday season dessert that's easy to make and enjoy!
Ingredients for the crust
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 TBS sugar

Ingredients for the cheesecake

Ingredients for the pumpkin topping
Instructions for the crust 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Line 9"x13" baking dish with lightly sprayed foil and set aside.
Combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until crumbs are moist.
Press mixture into bottom dish.
Instructions for the cheesecake
In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream and sugar.
Mix in eggs one at a time until combined.
Add McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and mix to combine.
Spread mixture onto prepared crust and bake for 30 minutes until set.
Remove from oven and cool in refrigerator, uncovered.
Instructions for the pumpkin topping
While cheesecake is cooling, prepare pumpkin topping.
In a saucepan over medium low heat combine pumpkin, eggs, sugars, milk, McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice and McCormick® Ground Cinnamon.
Cook and whisk for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
While cooking pumpkin mixture, combine gelatin and water in a small saucepan and let sit for 5 minutes. Turn to low heat so that gelatin fully melts.
When gelatin is dissolved, add to pumpkin mixture.
When cheesecake is fully cooled add pumpkin topping.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Time Details
Prep time: 20Cook time: 3Total time: Yields 24 medium sized bars

 

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Stress-Free Holiday Tips 

When your holiday menu is settled and you're planning other elements of the season, remember your own self-care to make the season special for you.

I use a few tricks to ensure I feel my best throughout the holidays.

  • Get plenty of rest. Stick to a bedtime that's reasonable for your lifestyle.
  • Drink plenty of liquids including water as well as warm and soothing beverages that fill your belly and comfort your soul.
  • Make gratitude a habit. Start and end each day with a little list of the things in your life for which you're grateful. You can speak these or write them down.

And when find yourself out and about for the holiday season, make quick work of your list when you visit Walmart to check out all of the McCormick® products you need and more.

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