Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake w/ A Ginger Snap Crust

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Dare I say it… I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie.  To blend in with the crowd at Thanksgiving dinners, I would douse my slice of this trademark dessert with whipped cream.  So thank you, to this ingenious idea of fusing together the pumpkin infatuation on Thanksgiving with a more alluring dessert.

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It was bound to happen.  Someone eventually had the courage to speak up and take initiative against the tradition.  My first encounter was at my first job as a waitress at California Pizza Kitchen.  It was during my early years in college and I had been eating my fair share of pumpkin pies begrudgingly for 18 years.  As November approached, CPK announced the launch of their newest seasonal dessert — the pumpkin cheesecake.  The smooth, rich, creaminess of a decadent cheesecake with a hint of pumpkin and cinnamon spice was enough to convince me to share this innovation at every Thanksgiving feast.

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Ingredients:

24 ginger snaps
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 ground cloves
24 baking cups
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Next, add pumpkin puree, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Line muffin tin with individual baking cups and drop one ginger snap at the bottom of each cup. Pour filling into each mold to the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the cheesecake. Cool to room temperature and lightly brush the tops with maple syrup. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with candied walnuts and whipped topping.

14 Responses to “Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake w/ A Ginger Snap Crust”

  • Joy Cil Says:

    Long time fan, first time commenting. I love every dish that you’ve posted. It’s like we’ve been friends for 15 years or something!?! You really speak to my stomach. Speaking of stomachs…mine is already feeling the Thanksgiving bludge. Have any ideas for easy and light, non-salad, meals for post-Thanksgiving dinner from one pumpkin cheesecake lover to another? Thanks and keep up the great work!

  • Christine @Fresh Local and Best Says:

    Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Jerice Bergstrom Says:

    As a tradition, my Aunt Martha always made pumpkin ice cream, which in my happy taste-memories was far superior to any pumpkin ice cream, ever.
    I think she ACTUALLY made a frozen pumpkin cheesecake, because this sounds divine.
    Thanks!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Jerice: You just gave me a great idea for my next pumpkin recipe! A frozen pumpkin custard sounds delicious. Thanks so much for dropping by :)

  • Dhale Says:

    @Christine: Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Joy C.: It’s about time I saw you on here! I’ll have to think long and hard about “easy and light, non-salad meals” because we all know I’m not a fan of diets. Thanks for the challenge :)

  • Joy Says:

    I love miniature desserts, not only because they are easy to serve but for some reason in my twisted food loving mind, I feel less guilty eating them :)

  • penny aka jeroxie Says:

    Great little recipe. Now I have to wait for the next pumpkin season! gahhhh….

  • Dhale Says:

    @Penny: It’s not too late! They always sells pumpkin puree at the grocery stores.

  • Paul Says:

    It looks so yummy! I will try it for Christmas

  • Dhale Says:

    @Paul: Enjoy the recipe! I’d love to hear about how it works out for you :)

  • Maggie Says:

    These are a real treat. Can we have them again, Dhale!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Maggie: Glad you guys enjoyed this pumpkin cheesecake. I might just make this again for our Christmas dinner per your request. We’ll see ;) … I may just feature a whole new dessert!

  • Lizmcki Says:

    Wish everyone a Safe and Joyful Thanksgiving! I lost this recipe this past summer and am so thankful it was posted.
    Just so everyone knows how good these are: My husband took a batch to a friend of our who happens to be one of the local cops, well our friend popped one in his mouth and looked at my husband, drew his gun and told him ” tell the Ole Lady I’ll be there at sundown, she better make another batch for me” LOL

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