I’m a sucker for traditional desserts, but unfortunately pumpkin pie has never done it for me. Even with a well made crust, I usually find the filling bland and boring. Not what I’m looking for after a marvellous turkey dinner!
Hello My Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake!!
Albeit more of a cheesecake than a pie, this is a great, almost no bake, pumpkin dessert to serve during the holidays. We started serving this pie created by Joy the Baker about 7 years ago, and it quickly became the most requested version for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Using gingersnaps as a cheesecake style crust gives it a solid flavour kick and crunch, and the maple whipped cream takes this mini pumpkin cheesecake to a whole new level.
I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe, and while the pie version is great, I like to sometimes serve them as individual mini pumpkin cheesecakes (as shown) to switch things up a bit and to stretch the pie into 12 proper servings. Nothing worse than a tiny pie sliver on your plate – this looks way better, don’t you think?
I should also mention that the inspiration for muffin tin pies came from this recipe here for almost no bake mini chocolate peanut butter pie by Carlsbad Cravings. If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, this is a must try!!!
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake
Yield 12 servings
An easy, almost no bake alternative to pumpkin pie.
- 1.5 cups ginger snap cookies, finely crushed using a food processor
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 5 tbsp butter, softened
- 1.5 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1.5 tsp cinammon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin puree
- 1 cup whipping cream (or heavy cream)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (pure)
For the Crust:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin tin liners.
- Combine ginger snap crumbs with sugar, salt and melted butter.
- Divide crumb mixture evenly amongst 12 muffin tins (approx. 2 tbsp per cup).
- Press down firmly and bake to set, approximately 5 - 7 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before adding the filling.
For the Filling:
- Combine cream cheese and butter and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Add the icing sugar and continue beating for another 2 minutes.
- Add the pumpkin purée, spices, vanilla and molasses and beat until combined and no more lumps appear.
- Once crust has cooled, fill the tins evenly with the pumpkin mixture.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 12 hours to set. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
- Prepare the whipped cream by mixing the whipping cream with the maple syrup until soft peaks appear when beaters are lifted.
- Remove muffin tin liners from pies and arrange on individual plates or on a platter.
- Spoon a dollop of whipped cream onto each pie.
- Garnish with maple flakes, pumpkin pie spice, or cinammon, or drizzle some maple syrup on top (optional).
- This recipe can be made as a 9 inch pie. When baking the crust, increase time from 5 - 7 minutes to 15.
Have you tried this muffin tin pumpkin pie mini cheesecake? If so, I would love to read your comments below!
Looking for something a bit more rich, chocolate-y and decadent? Forget about tradition and try my favorite Chocolate Crazy Cake.
In a turkey kind of mood, but don’t want all the fuss? Try this 1 hour Roasted Turkey Breast recipe – perfect for a smaller gathering or just a regular Tuesday night.
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