Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Hello friends.  Do I have a delicious holiday recipe for you today?!?!  Chocolate and pumpkin join forces in mini cheesecakes.  Try these Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes this year for a change of pace at your Thanksgiving dessert table.

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 As we head into one of the busiest seasons of the year, I wanted to just remind us to stop and be thankful for all the things that God has allowed in our lives.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on all the negative and bad that we see happening and not to see all the good that we actually have.

I want to remember to be content with the things that are in my life.  I want to be thankful for the good and the bad.  Does that mean I am joyful and a delight to be around all the time?  No way.  I have my bad moments/days/weeks too.  I have to make it a point daily to be happy in the things God has placed me through.  

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust
I want us to remember to enjoy our lives just how they are.  It is ok to slow down and relax even when life gets busy.  It is ok to celebrate even the littlest things that happen from day to day.  Yes, even those terrible, no good, rotten days.  Celebrate that you made it through in one piece.  Celebrate that you handled it all with grace and patience.

Now I do realize that we all have “junk” in our lives, but I believe that it is all in how we choose to handle those things.  Do we choose joy over irritation in every situation we encounter?  Most of what I share on here is happy little stories that happen from day to day.   I want this to be a happy place where you can come and get a smile.  Just remember that I am choosing to not share all those personal struggles online.  Occasionally I may share those because I do want you to know that I am a real person, with a real temper and a real bad attitude too.  My family could definitely tell you some stories I’m sure.

This week (and all year really) let’s remember to be thankful no matter what.  Things can always be worse than what they actually are.  We have so much to be grateful for, and I hope that we can join each other in sharing those things that make us better.  Yes, even those bad things make us stronger.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust
Now on to the sweet treats!  That’s a sure way to make you smile huh?

I told you I wasn’t done with pumpkin goodies just yet.  I got all the pumpkin baking out of my system early, and had to pace myself at sharing them here.  Now that I haven’t had pumpkin treats in my house for a while, I am so excited for Thanksgiving this week.  I will definitely be hitting that dessert table first thing.   Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Pie…here I come!!!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust

Have you noticed that I have a real thing for cheesecake?  I will take a cheesecake treat in any form possible.  These little cheesecake cups are so easy to make, and I love that they bake much faster than a large full size cheesecake.

These little guys start with a chocolate cookie crust.  Then a chocolate cheesecake layer and a pumpkin layer get baked on top of that.  Yes, I’m sure you have started to notice I have a thing for baking in layers too :-)

Then to give it some fall flair, I piped cream cheese Cool Whip frosting on each one and topped them with fall colored Sixlets.   I have always loved these fun colored chocolate balls…especially now that you can get them in all the holiday colors.  Make sure you check out SweetWorks for more colors and ways to include Sixlets in other baking treats.

All I can say is thank goodness for treadmills and weights…I think I’m going to need them more than ever after this week :-)

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake layered on a chocolate cookie crust for a fun new holiday dessert.

Ingredients

For the crust
1 3/4 Oreo cookie crumbs
2 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the Chocolate layer
package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon shortening
For the Pumpkin layer
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 Tablespoon flour
For the topping
Cream Cheese Cool Whip Frosting
Sixlets

Instructions

  1. Combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Use a food processor to pulse the entire cookie (cookie and cream) to get your crumbs, or crush them in a ziplock bag. Divide the cookie mixture into 18 cupcake liners. Press down. Set aside.
  2. Combine 1 cream cheese and 1/4 sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat until creamy. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla and beat again.
  3. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Stir again and add to the cheesecake batter in the bowl. Beat until thoroughly combined. Divide the chocolate batter into the cupcake liners. Set aside.
  4. Place a cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar in another mixing bowl. Beat until creamy. Add the egg, sour cream, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and flour. Beat again. Carefully spoon the pumpkin batter over the chocolate batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 24-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Carefully remove from the cupcake tin and cool on a wire rack for an hour. Refrigerate until chilled. Top with Cool Whip and Sixlets before serving. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container. Makes 18 mini cheesecakes.

Notes

*If you need this dessert to be gluten free, feel free to substitute gluten free cookies and to leave the flour out of the pumpkin layer. The flour just keeps the centers from falling too much after baking.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is a very inspiring post Jocelyn. When we constantly focus on the negative, the problems, and worries in our lives, it robs our joy! Especially during the holidays I sometimes get frustrated with all the things I ‘have’ to do. This season I have decided to make it a point to keep things simpler so I can just spend more time with the family and less time with the ‘business’ of the season. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful and to focus on the positive! These cheesecakes are beautiful by the way!
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  2. Joann keller says

    R they regular cupcakes or the minies
    They look regular size!! Please let me know
    I don’t think it would fit into a Mimi!

  3. says

    I am inspired by your post. I’ve been doing the month of thanks on my personal facebook account. Sometimes the thanks I give seems so simple, but it is really the simple things that we should be the most thankful for. I’m looking forward to the family time that I will get this week :) These cheesecakes look amazing :)
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  4. says

    Love this post Jocelyn! Such an important reminder of all that is good and amazing in our lives and making a conscious choice to be thankful and grateful for it each and every day. These cheesecakes are making me feel pretty grateful right now. Grateful for you and all your awesome recipes! Pinned and can’t wait to try this :)
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    • says

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post…it was something that I just felt the need to share this week. Definitely an important reminder for us all! And cheesecake always makes me thankful too :-) I appreciate your friendship and the pin love!!!!
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    • says

      Oh, girl, I know this has been such a tough year for you. You have been in my prayers as I have watched you with this unknown sickness. Hopefully they get it figured out and you can enjoy the rest of the year with your family! Keep focusing on those thankful things and you will get through :-)
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  5. says

    What a wonderful post Jocelyn, thank you for the reminder about being grateful for the little things and focusing on the positive :) On the positive side, these pumpkin cheesecakes look incredible! Thanks for sharing this great recipe and hope you have a wonderful week and Thanksgiving!

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