FILLING:1/2 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened - put it in the microwave for just a FEW seconds.
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup canned solid-packed pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels (optional)
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 pan with vegetable oil.
*For filling, whisk cream cheese, sugar and egg with a whisk until well blended; set aside.
*For batter, combine pumpkin, sugar, egg and oil in a medium size bowl. Stir in all DRY ingredients. Mix all together and pour into prepared pan.
Sprinkle with chocolate morsels, if desired.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
This will yield about 18 squares.
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