Wednesday, October 7, 2009

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

In an attempt to turn all this gloominess around, I bring you something sweet.  I get recipe's in the HEB newsletter a few times a month.  I normally look them over and then delete the newsletter without a second thought.  A few weeks ago the mailer was Halloween themed, wherein there was a recipe for No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake!!    I got the ingredients, and when I was feeling blue on Sunday, tossed it together.  It was delicious!!

It was so good, in fact, I wanted to share the recipe.  It was so good, even Matt ate it and he hates pumpkin.  He said, "This is great, maybe I should give pumpkin another shot."  He also said he prefers traditional cheesecake.  Can't win them all, I suppose.  I even took pictures and you cannot even imagine the looks I get from Matt when I'm taking pictures of food.  The man just doesn't get it sometimes!!

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 (8 oz.) Package of Cream Cheese
1 (15 oz.) can of Pumpkin
1/2 c. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/2 c. Cool Whip
1 Graham Cracker Crust

Combine softened cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl.  Beat until mixture is completely smooth.  Add Cool Whip with a wooden mixing spoon until the whole mixture is a pumpkin-gold color.  Pour pie mixture into graham cracker crust and refrigerate one hour or until it's completely set up.  Always refrigerate what's left of the cheesecake.

The recipe is really easy, one bowl prep.  It took me about 5 minutes to put the whole thing together and it came out great.  Next time I make it, I'm going to add half again as much cream cheese.  My cheesecake didn't set up real solid in an hour, could be that I added too much cool whip.  Could be that it's a really soft cheesecake.  I'm not sure.  Either way, it tasted great and looked beautiful when I was done with it!

If you decide to make it, let me know what you think!  If you have any suggestions for improving upon the recipe, send those my way, too!!  I think there's still a piece in there and I'm off to have it.  Enjoy!