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Can I just say wow!? This stuff is awesome folks. You may know how I’m always making my best attempt to eat healthily and help my children make those healthy choices. When the holidays come around I stick to the daily healthy choices. However, for the big events, I love to embrace traditions and go all out. This no-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake is one of those recipes I love, my husband loves even more, and is a fabulous taste of fall. In fact, I’d say it’s perfect for that holiday dinner party or even the big day. I don’t think anyone would be sad to see this as an option on that Thanksgiving dessert table spread!
You know how it goes. You’re invited to an aunt’s, or maybe a friend’s, giant family event, and you want to make a dessert that will WOW. When I was a kid I remember the table of pies and desserts at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, then there were all the discussions about who would bring what. There’s a lot of thought and tradition that can go into holiday desserts. Still, every year there are always the completely new recipes you try out and decide if they’re good enough to make the repeat list for next year. I hope this is one of those keepers for you.
No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake
Let’s get started! First, this is a recipe I altered from another no-bake cheesecake I make quite often for dinner parties or to take to events. I LOVE all things pumpkin and the fall spices that go along with it. Naturally, it seemed like the thing to do to mix things up for fall.
To begin, get out a 9-inch springform pan, a family size package of Golden Oreos, or other vanilla sandwich cookies. The family size is around 19 oz., but if your store brand or other kind is a few ounces smaller don’t worry. To be sure, I get the family size knowing someone in the house will eat 2-3 before I can make the cheesecake. Then get out your food processor and smash the cookies up into small crumbs.
Next, melt a stick of butter on the oven or in the microwave and pour it into the cookie crumbs. Then pulse the food processor several times until the butter’s mixed in.
Once the crumb crust is combined, dump it into the springform pan. Press it down with your hands or a flat-bottomed glass to make an even crust on the bottom and up the sides. Form the sides with your hand or the flat glass. The glass in my picture below was not completely flat, and I had to clean out crust from the ridges. C’est la vie! That’s what we had (but a straight, flat one would work a lot better. Then place the entire springform pan in the freezer to set the crust.
Now we move to the filling. First, take out a large bowl and put in the cream cheese, other stick of butter, pumpkin, almond butter, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Second, mix that all up together using a standing or hand-held mixer. You can use a different nut-free butter such as soy to make it nut-free if necessary.
Third, add in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and beat that together with your filling mixture. Use a medium-high speed and mix for 2-3 minutes. As a result, you should end up with a lighter, creamy, mixture.
Take the crust out of the freezer. Using a spatula, pour the filling into the crust and smooth it out. Next, put it back in the freezer while you make the topping.
For the topping get out the white chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, and pumpkin pie spice. Put 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in a glass bowl. After that, heat 1/2 cup of the cream on the stove or in the microwave until it’s a rolling simmer. Immediately pour the cream then, over the white chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then mix it together with a spatula until smooth.
Take the pan out of the freezer, and pour the topping mixture over the cheesecake. Then put it into the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour before serving.
In the meantime, I like to go a little overboard and whip up another 1/2 cup of the heavy whipping cream. When it’s time to serve, put a large dollop on each piece. Yum!
I hope you enjoy the recipe! Let me know how it works out for you.
I’m so looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! We have a bunch of family coming to town, and that’s what I love. The fireplace going, friends and family talking and playing games, and cookies baking in the oven. Have a wonderful holiday season, eat some pumpkin spice cheesecake, and cheers to you and yours!
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