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Inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas, this Pumpkin (King) Spice Cheesecake is cozy and delicious. It’s another cold and dreary day in November, but it is Friday! So I think this is the perfect time to set yourself up with a slice. Combining warm pumpkin spice, chocolate cookie crumbs and tangy cream cheese into the perfect cheesecake. Ready to take its rightful place on the throne! Er… umm.. I mean your holiday table. If you really need convincing or an excuse to treat yourself, just call it recipe testing for thanksgiving 😉
Growing up, I was never a fan of cheesecakes. My husband, however, loves cheesecake… We always share dessert, even cheesecake, so I would try a bite here and there and usually just wasn’t that into it. I was certain I could create a cheesecake that we could both enjoy. So we sat down and brainstormed. And guys, THIS IS IT!
Isn’t that the debate around Thanksgiving? Do you make a pumpkin pie? Or do you make a cheesecake? Maybe that’s just at my house. This year, I decided to combine the two! So at my Thanksgiving table, you will find this delicious Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake.
I have to be honest, I thought of this while we were watching Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s one of Mike’s favourite movies, which means we watch it multiple times a year. Thank you Jack, the Pumpkin King! You inspired me to combine my love of warm and delicious pumpkin spice, with a smooth and creamy cheesecake.
The crust of this cake is super simple and the cocoa flavour of the chocolate cookie crumbs pairs so nicely with the tangy cream cheese. Also, if you happen to have any cake leftover (not likely I know, but bear with me), individually package the slices and freeze. It keeps perfectly as a treat for later on. Lasts about 1 month (while still tasting good) but I doubt you’ll hold off that long!
For all of you chocolate lovers, be sure to generously shave chocolate all over this bad boy. It is not only delicious but makes the cake look super pretty and sophisticated! I even made these adorable chocolates in the cutest little pumpkin molds to decorate the cake with but they may have been eaten before we could photograph the cake. Oh well, I’ll save that recipe for next Halloween!
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