Jimmy and I are not huge pumpkin fans, but these mini pumpkin cheesecakes are our favorite dessert for Thanksgiving. Sometimes if I have a couple extra from Thanksgiving, we will throw them in the freezer and have them for Christmas. I love that these are easy to make and can be frozen. But most importantly I think the flavor is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups crushed ginger snaps (I love the Trader Joes GInger Snaps)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Cheesecake

  • 2 8oz Philadelphia cream cheese soften
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp pumpkin spice

Instructions

  1. Makes 20-24 depending how full you fill them.
  2. Preheat oven 325, line cupcake pans with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl combine crushed gingersnaps and brown sugar. Add melted butter and mix.
  4. Take a heaping tablespoon of gingersnap mixture and spoon into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Press down each one. Bake for five minutes.
  5. You should have some leftover mixture and that is fine, I sprinkled it on top of the cheesecakes after they come out of the oven.
  6. In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese until smooth, about 2-3 minutes, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. Add sugar and brown sugar, beat for 1minute, scrape down sides of bowl.
  8. Add eggs one at a time, making sure each one is incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  9. Add pumpkin and vanilla, beat for 1 minutes or until smooth.
  10. Add flour and pumpkin pie spice, beat until smooth, about a minute.
  11. Fill each liner to the top of the cupcake liner, don’t overflow.
  12. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Allow mini cheesecakes to cool for 45 minutes, before placing in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  14. Top with whipped cream and leftover gingersnap mixture if you want.

Cheesecakes will stay fresh for 3 days or frozen for 2 months.

Weekly Motivation

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 95:2