Easy Spiced Pumpkin Refrigerator Cheesecake

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Refrigerator Cheesecake

Serves 8

This cake is creamy, tangy and mildly sweet with a mellow pumpkin flavor. Place graham crackers in a zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin to make crumbs in a hurry. Kids will love to help with this one!

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, (4 tablespoons melted, 4 tablespoons softened)
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages Neufchatel or cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a long, thin rectangle of parchment paper or foil to line the inside edge of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan and about 1/4-inch up the sides. Bake until golden brown and toasted, 7 to 8 minutes; set aside to let cool completely.

In a medium bowl, beat pumpkin purée, remaining softened butter, cream cheese, vanilla, nutmeg and salt with an electric mixer until smooth. Reduce speed to medium low and add sugar 1/4 cup at a time; beat until smooth. Transfer pumpkin mixture to prepared pan, spreading it out evenly over the crust. Cover and chill until set, about 6 hours, or overnight. Remove outer ring of pan and peel off parchment paper. Cut into slices and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:330 calories (220 from fat), 25g total fat, 16g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 15g sugar), 5g protein
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