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!


  1. MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! I would love that but, Daddy would def not eat it he doesn't like pumpkin and hates cream cheese :S Candi's guy doesn't like pumpkin either but I think he likes cream cheese, so he might would eat this! I dunno
    Love you honey!! Mom

    ps. the extra cream cheese may stiffen it, but it will make it less sweet and more...umm well twangy haha for the lack of a better way to say it.... Love ya!!

  2. I totally didn't remember that daddy doesn't like pumpkin. How can anyone not like pumpkin?! I LOVE IT!! I think it's growing on Matt, but he's still not terribly fond.

    I think, if I add more cream cheese, I'll make sure to add a few tablespoons more sugar, that should make it work out okay. Matt's major complaint was that it needed to be more like cream cheese.

    My other thought was that I could get some of that Philly Cream cheese brand Cheesecake mix and add the pumpkin to that. Maybe that would make it more like a cheesecake. As it is, it's more like a cream pie.

    Love ya!

  3. Well you two, I LOVE pumpkin and I LOVE cream cheese! A match made in heaven! I'll send you my address Kristyn! I'll take two (I don't do recipes)! Heck if Matt isn't a pumpkin fan and he loved it, it HAS to be good! How much coffee did he have with it?
    .-= Shawn´s last blog ..THE FLU SHOT MADE ME SICK!! =-.

  4. Now that's a man after my own heart, right there!! Matt loves cream cheese, but not so much on the pumpkin. He doesn't like apple pie either. He's not much for any of the things that make fall amazing!!

    I'd send you some, Shawn, but I don't think that it'd make it there in one piece! You'd just have curdled mush or something. Ha! It was really, really easy... so even people who don't do recipes could make it!

    As for the coffee... I'd say a cup or two. ;)

  5. Good idea to add more sugar...try using powdered sugar, since that will thicken it up better. That is a trick used when the filling for a cake is too thin. If you use the philly cheesecake filling and the pumpkin thins it down you can also thicken that w/ powdered sugar. Good luck honey and I'm with Shawn send me some haha! Or better yet come out here and make us some!!! I like that idea better!

    Love ya!! Mom

  6. *drool* sounds simply delish!
    Thanks for the share sweets.
    *big huggles* I'm so ready for the Halloweenie
    feeling to come around and mebbe this is a
    good way to usher it in to co-workers and friends
    as a treat. Yumm.