No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce

10.11.2013

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No Bake Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

Now for this post, I just have to say it. I really don’t like these photos. BUT, these cheesecakes were so good that I just had to share anyway. I took pictures twice, yesterday then again today and I’m just not getting the photos to turn out how I’d like (for example, that caramel sauce in the second and third pic – yeah it looks artificial but it’s real). These dark rainy days are just that, dark out. Frustrating but on a better note, since I made these two days in a row that means I get to eat them two days in a row! I’ll never complain about eating cheesecake.

I post cheesecake and other various cheesecake inspired desserts quite a bit. Cheesecake and ice cream and anything chocolate are all probably my favorite desserts, so I make them way too much I’m sure. Last week I posted Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Smoothies (that are actually healthy yet so creamy and delicious), Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes and now these, just to finish off that pumpkin cheesecake list (all though some form of pumpkin cheesecake cookie or blondie is sounding seriously tasty. I’ll resist though and wait until next year for that :).

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These cheesecakes are so easy. Their texture is more like a mousse than an actual cheesecake (to be more cheesecake-like you could probably add in some dissolved gelatin). They are amazingly fluffy and perfectly creamy. The caramel is optional if you aren’t feeling up to making it (did I really just list caramel as optional? In my mind caramel it is a must!) and you could replace that 2 Tbsp of caramel in the mixture with an equal amount of brown sugar. You really should make them with caramel though, just saying. Also, if you can’t find the Biscoff cookies then you could make a graham cracker crust instead (make one and half of this recipe here). And if you aren’t a salty caramel kind of person, of course just omit the sea salt. Enjoy!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce | Cooking Classy

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 Biscoff cookies , finely crushed
  • 2 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 2/3 cup heavy cream , divided
  • 8 oz cream cheese (cold)
  • 2 Tbsp caramel sauce , plus more for topping, recipe follows
  • 6 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree , chilled
  • Flaked or coarse sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl (or food processor if that's what you used to crush cookies) blend together butter and crushed Biscoff cookies until evenly moistened. Divide mixture among six small cups and gently press into an even layer.
  2. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip 1 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In a separate mixing bowl, whip cream cheese with caramel sauce until smooth, then blend in brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and whip until sugar has dissolved and mixture is fluffy. Fold in pumpkin puree, then fold in whipped heavy cream.
  3. Pipe or spoon pumpkin cheesecake mixture over cookie crumb layer in cups, then whip remaining 2/3 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form and pipe or dollop over tops. Drizzle each with caramel sauce and sprinkle lightly with sea salt and serve.
  4. Notes: Assemble cheesecakes within 1 hour of serving for best results (and preferably drizzle caramel just before serving). Store ingredients in refrigerator until ready to assemble.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, inspired by My Baking Addiction

I took this pic on a sunnier day. Kind of a pain to try and pour caramel and get a pic at the same time :). This is my go to recipe for caramel sauce (I’ll sometimes adjust the amount of cream slightly depending on how thick or thin I want it).

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Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Gather all of your ingredients and have them nearby ready to add to the mixture as needed. In a heavy-bottomed 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium-high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar. Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally. Once mixture reaches a dark amber color, immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat. Carefully pour in cream and immediately whisk to combine (it will bubble vigorously). Whisk until mixture is smooth. Pour caramel into a glass jar to cool, sprinkle lightly with sea salt when serving if desired.

53 comments

  • Peggy: I think your pictures are outstanding! They definitely make me hungry for a treat… and that’s the goal, right? =) October 13, 2013 at 12:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Peggy :)! October 13, 2013 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Dina: wow that looks delish! October 12, 2013 at 7:31pm Reply

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture: Oh pish posh Jaclyn! Your pictures are gorgeous! Even when they’re “bad”, they’re still good! I don’t think the caramel looks artificial at all :) October 12, 2013 at 11:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Mimi :)! October 12, 2013 at 8:24pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: They look so good! The caramel drizzles are SO PERFECTLY applied. You have the steadiest hands ever to not let it run/bleed and turn messy. These look go good. Pinned! October 12, 2013 at 11:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! October 12, 2013 at 8:25pm Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: You know what? When I opened your blog and saw that first picture, I totally started drooling over it and thinking “how is it that she always takes such great pics of the food she makes? Mine never looks that good in photos!” then I read your post and laughed – in a good way! – at you saying that you weren’t satisfied with the pictures!!
    Anyway, these will become my favorite fall dessert for sure, even if I’ll skip the caramel on top (please, don’t judge!) since I don’t like it :)
    You’re great, girl!

    xo, Elisa October 12, 2013 at 9:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Elisa, you’re too nice :)! October 12, 2013 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Deborah: Yeah, caramel is not optional! ;) These are a perfect fall dessert! October 12, 2013 at 7:23am Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: So cute, easy and scrumptious, Jaclyn! Cannot wait to make these. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning! October 12, 2013 at 5:22am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I’m all about no-bake! And that salted caramel sauce – swoon! October 11, 2013 at 10:09pm Reply

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