Saturday, November 9, 2013

my favorite thanksgiving recipe

as the prep for thanksgiving continues at my house i thought i might share my favorite thanksgiving recipe. for those of you who know me or who read this blog, you probably aren't too surprised that it's a dessert recipe. and it's a dessert recipe that i have been making for thanksgiving ever since i was in college and all i did for thanksgiving was show up with these cheesecakes and dirty laundry.

mini brown sugar pumpkin cheesecakes
makes 36 mini cheesecakes
for crust
-1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
-8 tbsp melted butter
-5 tbsp sugar

for filling
-2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
-1 cup of brown sugar
-1 cup canned pumpkin puree
-3 eggs, at room temp
-3 tbsp flour
-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp salt

preheat oven to 350 degrees. combine cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. spray mini muffin pans liberally with cooking spray and then spoon about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each cup, pressing down to make a solid bottom layer. bake for about 5 minutes until fragrant and slightly firm. transfer pans to a wire rack to cool. reduce oven temperature to 300.

mix cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. add sugar, pumpkin, flour, spice and salt; mix until well combined.

spoon filling into muffin cups, careful not to overfill (the mini cheesecakes are easier to remove from from muffin pans if the filling does not go over the rim). bake until firm, about 15 to 20 minutes. transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. refrigerate until set, for at least 4 hours or overnight.

gently run a wet knife around the edge of each cheesecake to loosen them and then pop out. transfer to serving platter or cake stand and garnish as desired. mini cheesecakes are wonderful with caramel drizzle and chopped nuts, chocolate drizzle, a little whipped cream or just naked!

adapted from martha stewart's chocolate-pumpkin cheesecake bars



Tammy T said...

These look amazing! Yum! I think I would forgive you the laundry if you showed up with these!

Michelle said...

Seldomly do I actually get around to making any of the many yummy recipes I see, but I had to give these a try, so made em last night for my co-workers and the were devoured today! They take some time & patience, but are so worth it! Thanks for a great recipe :)
*The bottom of a shot glass works perfectly for pressing the graham cracker crust into the muffin tin.