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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

25 Days of Desserts - Day 3

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

Yield: 24 servings

32 gingersnap cookies, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/4 cup butter, melted
5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 eggs, lightly beaten
Dash ground nutmeg
Maple syrup

In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and butter. Press into a greased 13-in. X 9-in. Baking dish; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust; sprinkle with nutmeg.

Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of baking dish to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.

Cut into squares; serve with syrup. Refrigerate leftovers.

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