Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Walnuts

Happy Thanksgiving! It's one of the biggest holidays to have a wonderful feast! A buddy at work was having her birthday around the same time, so I decided to make 2 of these wonderful, festive cheesecakes this week. One of the office and the other to take to the family gathering. They were fairly easy to make and turned out to be a party winner!
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To make 1 cheesecake (about 8-10 servings), here's the recipe:
1 Large Graham Pie Crust (I used the Keebler® Ready Crust® 2 extra servings, worked great!)
2 packages of 8 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 (15oz) can of 100% pure pumpkin

1 cup of good semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup of whipping cream
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

Step 1: In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and spice. Beat until combined.
Step 2: Add eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined after each addition.
Step3: Stir in pumpkin and add chocolate chips.
Step 4: Pour into crust.
Step 5: Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool for 1 hour on wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Step 6: Prepare toppings. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1 minute. Mash melted chocolate with  a fork or spoon. Add chopped walnuts and mix with whipping cream.
Step 7: Spread generously over the cooled cheesecake. Sift powdered sugar over the chocolate spread. That's it! Enjoy your sweet, fluffy pumpkin cheesecake!!

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