Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Serve these Mini Cheesecake Pumpkins plain or add chocolate chip faces.


Cheesecake just makes me happy and these little jack-o-lanterns with their chocolate chip smiles look happy to be cheesecakes too. Yesterday I had a marathon baking session, and throughout the day, these sweet little pumpkin cheesecakes just kept finding their way into my mouth. I couldn't resist their smooth, creamy, custard like texture. 

I wont confess to just how many sweet treats I ate while working in the kitchen, let's just say I decided to skip dinner even after walking the dog and riding my bike for over an hour. Eeek!




I did manage to keep enough of these pumpkin cheesecakes to snap some pictures and to create a second project, which I'm so excited to share with you tomorrow. Oh, I want to give you a hint, but I don't want to spoil the surprise. So, let's just get onto this recipe, so I can go write the next post. See you back here tomorrow.


Mini Cheesecake Pumpkins (makes 40)

Ingredients:

butter, to coat the inside of your pumpkin molds
16 ounces cream cheese, softened (do not use low fat or no fat cream cheese)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
orange and green food coloring - you can use natural food coloring, if you prefer

Supplies:

food processor, optional
2 Wilton Mini Pumpkin Molds with 24 cavities in each
2 baking sheets
food use only paint brush

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter the cavities in your pumpkin molds.


Combine cream cheese, sugar, heavy whipping cream, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor, pulse until smooth. Alternatively, mix cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Add whipping cream, eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Remove about 2 tablespoons of filling and color it green. Color the remaining filling using orange food coloring.


Paint the green filling into the stems of 40 cavities. The filling is pretty thick and should stay in place nicely, but just to be safe, pop these filled molds into the freezer for 5 minutes before filling with the orange cheesecake. 


Set silicone pumpkin mold on a baking sheet. Fill the pumpkins with orange cheesecake filling. Leave a small amount of room in each mold for the filling to expand while baking (about a 16th of an inch.)

Bake 12-14 mins until the tops look set but the cheesecake pumpkins are still jiggly. Allow to cool for 30 minutes at room temperature, then place in the freezer for at least 1 hour. You can, at this point, wrap the mold well and store them in the freezer for up to several weeks. 


Remove the molds from the freezer, turn the mold upside down and press the pumpkin cheesecakes out. I set mine on a non-stick baking mat just to be sure they wouldn't stick later once they thawed. It will be easiest to move these now to a serving platter or dessert plates. 


Store the mini cheesecake pumpkins in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or keep frozen for a few weeks. Thaw frozen cheesecakes in the refrigerator for several hours. 

Before serving, decorate with mini chocolate chips, if desired. Simply press the chocolate chips into the cheesecakes creating jack-o-lantern faces. 

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30 comments:

  1. I like the face options ... faces for Halloween ... plain pumpkins for Thanksgiving! Smart idea ;)

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  2. These are so adorable!! I need one of those pumpkin molds
    Can't wait to see what your surprise is tomorrow :)

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    1. Thanks. I love using silicone molds. I highly recommend adding some to your kitchen collection.

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  3. These are so cute! You are the master of molded cheesecakes!

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    1. Thanks, Hani. I do love making and eating cheesecake:)

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  4. ummm.. Amazingly simple and cute cheesecakes. I am craving for them right now, but I know I won't get anything like that in my local bakery stores.

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    1. I'd share some with you! They are really tasty:)

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  5. Always love seeing your cheesecake projects! I have that pumpkin mold so maybe
    just maybe I'll have time to make some! :)

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    1. I love using the silicone molds for cheesecakes. They are really so easy to make!

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  6. These have to be the cutest pumpkin cheesecakes ever!!

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  7. Plan to make these for my kindergarten class as we do the senses. I will let them make their faces. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. These are adorable! Love the links to your other holiday inspired cheesecakes too. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. These look so yummy and they are super cute too!

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  10. WOW! These are so cute, I will have to make these for our upcoming Halloween Party! I am so glad I found you at the Made By You party!

    ~ Jenn

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  11. Thanks for sharing these cute treats at my weekly linky party at Crystal & Comp. I just pinned it as well and shared with my facebook page. :)

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. I appreciate you sharing this recipe with your readers. Have a wonderful weekend:)

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  12. Just made them last nite and they're great :)

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    1. Hi Renata,

      I'm so happy to hear you made these and like them. If you snapped any pictures, I'd love to share them in my Reader's Gallery. You can send them to beth@hungryhappenings.com. Have a great Halloween:)

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  13. Hi Beth,
    last week I made your chocolate cupcakes with the cheesecake pumpkins. First of all - best chocolate cupcake recipe ever! :)
    But I had my difficulties with the pumpkins...I didn't get them thick at all! The mixture was too liquid and even after adding more creamcheese...no improvement :(
    Do you have an idea what I did wrong?
    Regards from Germany,
    Elettra

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    1. Hi Elettra,

      I'm so happy you made these, and I agree the chocolate cupcakes are amazing. As far as the cheese cake, my only guess is that the cream cheese you used has more water or whey in it than what I used. I have discovered recently that if you don't use full fat cream cheese the cheesecake mixture will be much thinner. So, if you used a light or no-fat version the mixture will be thin. I'm not familiar with cream cheese in Germany, unfortunate. I will be visiting there this summer, and may have an opportunity to try some, though! The liquid nature of the cheesecake mixture shouldn't have been a problem once it was baked, but I'm sure it made it difficult to paint on the stems. Where you able to bake them?

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  14. Hi Beth,
    thank you for your answer :)
    Yes, I was able to bake them (it was quite adventurous ;) ) but I had my problems to press the pumpkins out of the mold because some of them fell to pieces.
    And I guess you are right because I used a mixture of light and full fat cream cheese.
    Nevertheless, the cupcakes were soooo delicious :)
    And next time I will use the full fat cream cheese ;)

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    1. Hi Elettra,

      I just added a comment in the ingredients list to avoid the low fat or no fat cream cheese. Sorry I hadn't done that before you made them. I'm just happy some of them turned out nicely and you loved the flavor!

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  15. Is there a way to make these without a silicone mold. I cannot for the life of me find a mold in any of the stores here..

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    1. I haven't done this, but you could line a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick tin foil. Pour in the batter then bake in a water bath. Set the pan inside a larger pan, add some boiling water, being sure it doesn't get into the cake pan. I really can't give you an exact time, but would estimate it will take about 30 minutes. Cool completely, then freeze for an hour or so. Cut using a small pumpkin cookie cutter. I think that will work. Let me know if you give it a try.

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    2. Hi Nicolee,

      I just finished making a Christmas version of these. I made green cheesecake Christmas trees to stuff inside cupcakes. I didn't have a mold, so I poured the cheesecake into a non-stick tin foil lined 9x13 pan. I baked it in a water bath and it only took 18 minutes to cook. I cooled the cheesecake for 30 minutes then froze it for a few hours. I lifted the cheesecake out of the pan then used a tiny cutter to cut out the Christmas trees. It worked quite well.

      The recipe is now available at Tablespoon.com and the tutorial with step-by-step pictures will be available there on December 10th. You can see one picture of the finished Cheesecake Stuffed Christmas Tree Cupcakes, here - > http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/cheesecake-stuffed-christmas-tree-cupcakes/3e2d43d7-ec9b-46b9-b30c-a407bf2a5cfd?src=SH

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  16. AWESOME! I've really wanted to make your cupcakes with these, but haven't found a way. I'm going to add peanut butter extract to t he cheesecake and make a peanut butter frosting! Thank you for your help!

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    1. I'd love it if you let me know how this works for you. Good luck. Sounds yummy! I love peanut butter:)

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