Sunday, November 17, 2019

#Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bites by Ellie Alexander

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us? I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of our annual Thanksgiving feast is dessert! The only problem is there are always way too many choice, and I’m usually stuffed from all that turkey. Hopefully today’s recipe will solve your Thanksgiving dessert woes. These pumpkin pie cheesecake bites are just that—bite sized! They’ll allow you to sample everything on the dessert table and maybe even say yes to seconds. Plus they are quick and easy to bake, which is always a good thing in my kitchen!

Do you have Thanksgiving dessert traditions? In addition to these pumpkin pie cheesecake bites, I’ll be making a mincemeat pie for my dad. It’s not Thanksgiving without a mince pie according to my dad, my kiddo and all of the cousins absolutely disagree! 

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bites

1 pre-made pie crust
4 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
½ cup pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon rum extract
Whipping cream and cardamom for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out pie dough and cut into two-inch circles. Press circles into a mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until pie crust is golden brown. Remove pie shells from muffin tin and allow to cool completely.

Whip cream cheese, pumpkin purée, spices, and rum extract on medium speed for 3-5 minutes until thick and creamy.

Scoop mixture into mini pie shells. Top with whipping cream and a dash of cardamom. Serve immediately. 

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  1. Ellie, these look adorable and yummy. Can't wait to try them. ~ Daryl

  2. Clever. Bake the pie crust but don't cook the filling.

    1. Exactly! You can have a pretty little plate of these ready in 15 minutes!

  3. This is such a great idea for a Thanksgiving buffet. It's just the right size for people who filled up on turkey!

    1. I’m always up for bite-sized desserts... more opportunities for tasting. 😋

  4. For Thanksgiving we love pumpkin pie but my Mom's Praline Pumpkin Pie which has a pecan praline layer below the pumpkin pie layer. It's so yummy and makes me think of Mom whenever I make it making me feel like Mom is still at the table with us.

    Can't wait to try the Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bites which sounds good for any time of the year.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. That sounds delicious. And, I couldn’t agree with you more in terms of food being memory. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. So cute and perfectly sized! I can never finish a regular slice of cheesecake because it's so rich. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe, Ellie!

    1. Same for me, especially after Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s to a taste of dessert!

  6. These sound fun! We are having a women's group here this Friday evening and I think this would be a fun recipe to make and serve for it. Thanks!

  7. Yum! I'll take two dozen.... :D