Saturday, June 11, 2011

What's For Dessert? - Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

I'm backtracking a little here by blogging past recipes, but this particular dessert was requested multiple times after its initial debut.  Obviously this pumpkin dessert is most popular during the fall, especially for those of you cheesecake lovers who still enjoy the cozy and nostalgic taste of pumpkin. Plus, at the age of 3 months, Piper really enjoyed experiencing all of the smooshy textures as I'm sure your infant will!  Enjoy!


2 (8 oz) packages of softened cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of cloves
pinch of nutmeg
whipped cream


1.  Preheat oven to 325.
2.  In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until it's smooth. Blend in the eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of this batter and spread into the graham cracker crust and set aside.
3.  Let your child squish the pumpkin in his/her hands and taste it. Be ready for MESSYHANDS!

4.  Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter that's already in the crust.  Letting your baby stir is always fun....
 5.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the center is done (test with a knife...if it comes out clean, it's done).
 6.  Refrigerate for 3 hours and top with whipped cream.


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