Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

What could be better than a slice of cheesecake?  A mini cheesecake that is the size of a cupcake. These cheesecakes can be made with gluten free cookies for a 100% gluten free dessert. Or use regular cookies, I have made them both ways. The cheesecakes can be made several days ahead and top with whip cream right before serving.


Ingredients:

12 cupcake liners*

12 cookies*, I used gingersnap, I found gluten free gingersnaps at my local grocery store

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room

temperature

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons pumpkin purée, not pie filling

1/2 cup sour cream

1 Tablespoon of cornstarch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

Whip cream for garnish, optional

Nutmeg for garnish on whip cream, optional

Nutmeg, chopped pecans for garnish, optional

 The cookie is the perfect crust for the mini cheesecakes.  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 tins with cupcake liners. Place gingersnap cookies in cupcake liners flat side down.  Mix cream cheese and sugar, blend well. Add egg, pumpkin, sour cream, cornstarch, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well. Divide batter evenly into the 12 liners. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until done. Let cool. Cool completely before topping with whip cream and garnishes. Serve guests without cupcake liners on the mini cheesecakes.


*Recipe yields 12 – 14 mini cheesecakes

You will have leftover pumpkin purée.  I suggest you add it to your pancake/waffle batter for delicious pancakes or waffles. Or use it in a smoothie.

Ginger Snappy Egg Nog Pie


I love egg nog. I love that it reminds me of the holidays when everyone is happy and preparing for Christmas. My ginger snap crust puts the perfect zing with the egg nog filling. I don’t make many pies, but when I do, it’s a good one!

Pie Crust Ingredients:
1 12 ounce box of ginger snap cookies, I used store brand
1 stick of butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse cookies in food processor until it has become fine crumbs. I used 2 1/2 cups cookie crumbs for my 11 inch pie pan. In a bowl, combine with melted butter. Press into pie plate and bake for 12 minutes. Cool completely.
*for a 9 inch pie plate, use 2 cups of cookie crumbs, butter amount can stay the same

Egg Nog Pie Filling Ingredients:
4 cups egg nog, I used my favorite, Publix Low Fat
2 box of instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup of rum, I used Sailor Jerry’s, or 1 tablespoon of rum extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
**for a 9 inch pie plate, use 2 cups egg nog, 1 box of pudding, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, the rum/rum extract and nutmeg can be altered to your tastes

Beat in the above ingredients until thickened and pour into a cooled pie crust. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Whip Cream and nutmeg for garnish.

Whip Cream:
1 8 ounce container of heavy whipping cream
Extract or rum
1 cup of powdered sugar

Chill mixing bowl and attachments in refrigerator for a minimum of 20 minutes. Pour 8 ounces of heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Whip until the cream has formed stiff peaks, so that it can stand up without falling. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla or a teaspoon or two of rum if desired. Add about a cup of powdered sugar, taste it to make its sweet, but not overly sweet. Pipe onto to pie with a 1 M tip.

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