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In honor of Thanksgiving I thought a Thanksgiving Dessert recipe swap would be a great way for people to bring something new to the holiday table. This was the first year that I hosted Thanksgiving dinner so I was happy to have one part of the meal decided for me, especially when I ended up receiving Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes from The Cookaholic Wife. I love cheesecake and I love pumpkin, so combining the two was perfect.
In my family dessert is usually secondary to the turkey with all the trimmings. In the past my mom would make a pumpkin pie, but by the time we got to dessert everyone was so stuffed we'd just have a small taste. Since these cupcakes are individual portions it worked out well.
We all know I'm not a baker, but these were very easy to assemble (I did it the night before because they had to chill for at least 4 hours). The recipe says it will make 24 cupcakes, but I ended up with batter leftover, enough for probably another 2-3 cupcakes. And I even thought I had overfilled the tins, so this is fair warning that you might get more than 24 cupcakes out of this recipe.
You know something is a hit when my stepdad goes back for seconds. He rarely eats dessert but he had two of these cupcakes and took more home with the rest of the leftovers. Everyone else thought they were delicious and really liked the pumpkin swirl in the center instead of the entire cheesecake being pumpkin-flavored. I thought the filling was a tad too sweet so I cut down the sugar in the recipe below. I will definitely make these again. Thanks, Cookaholic Wife!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes
Very Slightly Modified from The Cookaholic Wife
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
3 teaspoon sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 8 oz. bricks cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 package graham crackers, plus 2 crackers
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons sugar
Preheat the oven to 325. Line cupcake pans with liners. You might end up with more than enough batter for 24 cupcakes, so if you have an extra cupcake tin be prepared to use it.
Use a food processor to grind up the graham crackers. Melt the butter. Add the sugar and butter to the graham cracker crumbs. Stir to combine. Put 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker mixture into each cupcake liner. Use a glass to press down. Bake for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Using the paddle attachment in a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy. Add the sugar and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla and the salt. Next, add the eggs one at a time making sure that they are fully combined before adding the next one. Scoop approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into each of the cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar and sour cream. Stir until well combined. Scoop approximately 1 tsp. of the pumpkin mixture into the center of the cheesecake. Swirl with a toothpick.
Bake for 25 minutes, rotating the pans half way through. Let the cupcakes cool to room temperature on cooling racks, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours.