Wednesday, September 11, 2013

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

I recently saw this recipe on facebook (
 and knew I must try it... so last night I stopped at the grocery store, picked up the ingredients and tried it out for myself. I did change the recipe slightly, using all low-fat(diet) ingredients. Just because I don't mind being big does not mean that everyone who eats my cooking should be large as well lol. It did taste fantastic and my boyfriend did not even notice that I used diet ingredients. In fact, if I had used all regular ingredients, this recipe may have been too sweet for my taste.
I did only wait 30 minutes for the filling to firm up which left it with a softer consistency for my initial photo... this morning however I did re-take my photo and the filling was the consistency it should be. Last night however, it did taste just as fantastic as it did this AM, just a little more pudding-like. You could also leave out the graham cracker crust if you like, I mentioned to my boyfriend that next time I would leave out the crust and he said no, that he liked the crust. lol. I just never eat the crust on anything(bread, pie...).
Here are my photographs featuring my version:)

For the crust
1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 crackers)
½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
For the filling
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1-ounce package cheesecake-flavored instant pudding mix
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 12-ounce container frozen whipped topping, plus extra for garnish if desired

Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse the crackers into fine crumbs.
Add the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar and pulse until combined.
Spoon the crumbs into individual 9-ounce plastic cups (or other individual sized cups for serving). Place in the refrigerator to set while you are preparing the filling.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until light and creamy.
Add the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and pudding mix and beat until completely mixed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that all ingredients are well combined.
Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix again until well combined.
Change your stand mixture attachment to the wire whisk. On slow speed, fold in the tub of Cool Whip until well combined.
Allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator for about an hour to firm up.
Using a large pastry bag with a large tip, or a spoon, top the graham cracker crust in each cup with the pumpkin mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Garnish with additional whipped topping if desired.

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