The Meal Planner

This year for  Thanksgiving (Canadian), I wanted to switch up my usual menu.  I wasn't going to have my Dad or my Mother in Law for company and since my Dad is a creature of habit, I never get to deviate from the usual holiday food fare.  I took this as an opportunity to experiment with some new recipes to keep our dinner with friends low-key and non-stressful.  

Enter the No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake.

All the flavors of a pumpkin pie but in a hard to resist individual cheesecake.  And since this is no-bake cheesecake, you don't have to bother with a spring form pan, water bath in the oven, etcetera, etcetera.  Just mix, dump, refrigerate.

We loved the little cheesecakes so much I made another batch with the leftover canned pumpkin the following week.  A little project for me and my three year old while her big sister was at school.

This is a great recipe if you want to involve your kids in the kitchen.  Easy, easy, easy!

Two girls, a kitchen aid mixer and a fun afternoon.  

Recipe adapted from Shugary Sweets

Makes 2 9-inch cheesecakes

14 oz box gingersnap cookies 
1/2 cup butter, melted

2 - 8oz packages cream cheese, softened 
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk 
1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree 
1 tbsp lemon juice 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp nutmeg 
1 pinch ground cloves 
12 oz Cool Whip (or whipped cream)

Pulse cookies in food processor until finely ground. Mix ground cookies with melted butter. Press into bottom of two 9-inch pie plates (or one pie plate plus 8 individual dishes). 

Beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk for 5 minutes. Mix in pumpkin, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Pour mixture evenly into pie plates and refrigerate for one to two hours until set and cold. Serve with a dollop of cool whip or whipped cream on top.



Like I said we LOVED these.  My 3 year old couldn't wait until her sister and Dad were home so she could devour hers.  And when she finally did, joy exuded from her whole body!

Excited much?  She kept exclaiming how yummy it was and "Dad, Dad, Dad!  I made these!  And mom helped!

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9 Responses
  1. That’s a great recipe and also an easy one, I’ll surely try it out with my kid too. The photos were really cute and I would love to know more stuff like this.

  2. Looks like this desert is really working. I think this is the best way to put kids to make some homemade foods. I have to try this.

  3. I prepared a pumpkin cheesecake last Saturday, because my kids are like to eat it a lot. But my recipe is little bit different than your one, so I will try to prepare it according to your recipe in next week.

  4. I have tried Pumpkin Cheesecakes before but this recipe is quite different from mine. This would be very tasty and hope my kids will enjoy it a lot. I will try it in this weekend.

  5. This pumpkin cheese cupcake looks so yummy, very simple recipe, and I love this kid so adorable.

  6. My husband loves pumpkin. I’m planning to make pumpkin cheese cakes on Sunday and I hope it will come nicely as in your photos.

  7. This gives a mouth watering feeling and hope to try this in my kitchen soon.

  8. johnhustonat@gmaiPumpkin cheesecake looks delicious, simple recipe, I love this child very

  9. mcluciah@gmail.coThe desert looks like a real job. I think this is the best way to put the kids to do some homemade food. I want to try this.m