Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes Halloween Edition! YAY ♥ I mean, muhahaha! *fails at evil laugh*


I know there are many Halloween recipes and ideas going around lately. I have not only enjoyed looking and reading about them but, I have enjoyed brainstorming Halloween inspired desserts!

Since I`m a novice baker, I have never actually baked any desserts for Halloween before. I was getting crazy excited about all the possibilities! Ideas I`ve seen on Pinterest and other blogs made me wish I could bake and eat food 24/7! Literally, all day, everyday.

Not possible, but I did say I wished.

Sadly, time has not been on my side. I`m only taking THREE classes this quarter, which is the norm. I was like, "pshh this quarter is going to be easy peasy." NOT.

Unfortunately, I haven`t had a lot of chances to bake Halloween inspired desserts to my heart`s content. I did get a chance to make these cheesecake cupcakes though! I think they`re super cute!

I`ve never made pumpkin cheesecake before and definitely wanted to try. Also, I thought making them into cupcakes would make them cuter and shareable. :)

I originally had the idea to make chocolate "spiderwebs" swirls into the cheesecakes, like in the 2nd picture. However, I was afraid they might not turn out well, so I only made a few with "spiderwebs". I am glad to announce the spiderwebs idea DID work. I still had a lot of cupcakes, without any decoration though.

So, I used leftover Oreo crumbs from the crust to cover the top to make it look like dirt. Then, I melted some white chocolate and piped some skeleton bones on a parchment paper and put them in the freezer to harden. VOILA! After 5 minutes, I had cute little bones!

I was terribly happy to have come up with the idea on the spot. LOL.

Also, my boyfriend labeled these as Double Oreo Crusted Pumpkin Cheesecakes. I like that name too.

Feel free to use your own/favorite pumpkin cheesecake recipe for this! :)

Here are two pictures to help you guys draw the spider webs and bones:

Halloween Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Adapted from: Joy of Baking
Yields: ~16-18 cupcakes
Level: Easy-Medium (Lots of steps)
Total Time: ~55-60 minutes + 2-3 hours chilling time

Materials Needed:
-          1-2 muffin pan(s)
-          blender/food processor '
-          1 small bowl
-          cooling rack
-          1 medium bowl
-          1 whisk
-          1 rubber spatula
-          1 cookie scooper (optional-to make uniform cupcakes)
-          1 large bowl with electric mixer attachment
-          parchment paper (if making bones)
-          freezer (if making bones)
-          microwave

Crust "Dirt":
§  15-18 Oreos/ Chocolate cookie sandwiches
§  2-3 tablespoons melted butter
Pumpkin Cheesecake:
§  2/3 cup golden brown sugar
§  1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (homemade)
§  1/4 teaspoon salt
§  2 (8oz) cream cheese packages, softened at room temperature
§  3 large eggs
§  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
§  1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
Chocolate Swirls "Spider webs", (if desired)
§  about 6 tablespoons of chocolate chips
White Chocolate "Bones", (if desired)
§  about 6 tablespoon of white chocolate chips

Crust and "Dirt":
1.      Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2.      Line your muffin pan with liners, or spray with cooking oil.
3.      Crumble the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs by using either a blender, food processor, or with a rolling pin.
4.      Add the melted butter and mix together to coat cookie crumbs (doing by hand or electronically).
5.      Place about 1 tablespoon of crumbs at the bottom of each cupcake liner to form the crust. Press down with fingers to cover the bottom, add more if needed. (Alternatively, you can use the bottom of a measuring cup to press down the crumbs).
6.      Bake for 5 minutes.
7.      Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack.
8.      Set aside remaining crumbs.
Pumpkin Cheesecake:
9.      In a medium bowl, combine together the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt with a whisk.
10.  In a large bowl with an electric mixer attachment, beat the softened cream cheese until its smooth at a low speed.
11.  Next, add the dry ingredients (sugar, spice mixture) to the cream mixture and mix.
12.  Add the eggs one by one, mixing in between each egg.
13.  Add the vanilla extract and beat to combine.
14.  Add the pumpkin puree and mix.
15.  Using a cookie scooper, divide and fill each cupcake liner 2/3 way full.
Chocolate Swirls "Spider webs":
16.  *At this point, if you wish to make the spider webs, melt some chocolate chips into a sandwich bag/pastry bag. If not, skip to step 18.
17.  Cut the tip off (make sure it's very small), pipe a small circle at the center of the cupcake. Pipe a bigger circle surrounding the small one. Then, pipe another circle, encircling both smaller circles.
18.  From the center of the cupcake, use a toothpick and drag it out towards the edge, pulling the chocolate with it. Do it 7 more times around the circles. It will create a spider web look.
19.  Bake for 10 minutes and reduce the temperature to 325F, then continue baking, checking after every 5 minutes until the edges of the cheesecake puff up (about 5-10 more minutes).
20.  Remove from oven and let cheesecake cool. If tops are cracked, that's fine.
White chocolate "Bones":
21.  Line a plate or small pan with parchment paper. (Or just have a sheet of parchment paper on your countertop.)
22.  Melt some white chocolate in a pastry bag/sandwich bag and cut the tip off.
23.  Pipe some bones, letters, ghosts, or anything you fancy.
24.  Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes.
25.  Once your "bones" are ready, top each cupcake with the remaining Oreo crumbs. Make sure all the orange is covered. If you need more, you can just crumble more cookies without the melted butter as well.
26.  Place the "bones" on top.
27.  Place cheesecake cupcakes in refrigerator to set for at least 2-3 hours. Leave them in the fridge until you serve them. 


  1. these are so cute! i was thinking that the bones were cut out from sliced cheese ^^ but it's white choc ^^ brilliant idea! ^^ well, anything-cheesecake is always yummy in my books! even pumpkin ^^ just as long as i'm not the one who has to peel the skin ^^

    1. LOL. Well, if you use canned pumpkin puree, you won`t have to peel the skin. :)

  2. I love these cupcakes! And I like the cute little diagram you made too! I'm loving the tiny little bones and spider web! Perfect treats for Halloween!

    1. Hehe, thank you so much Nami. I figured the diagrams would help.

  3. Wow what an awesome idea. I have only made one type of cupcake in my whole life lol. It is not my forte... but you are so not a novice!

    1. It`s definitely not my forte either, but I`m trying to work on my weaknesses.

  4. I love the spider web ones! My sister-in-law just did that with sour cream on top of seven-layer dip... so cool! You make much 'cuter' food than I do :)

    1. Oh wow, that dip sounds amazing...

      Aha, thank you!

  5. Holy moly, this is the best thing I have seen all day. I love it so much. Now your Halloween treats will be on Pinterest too! I am definitely pinning these ;)

    1. Aww, thank you! :D That puts a smile on my face.

  6. Made these minus the decorations for a class party. I forgot to turn the oven down to 325 and baked it for the additional 5 minutes until I realized it (I got distracted)I decided to pull them out after a few more minutes and they turned out okay.

    1. Thank you for coming back and telling how the recipe went. :) You`re the 2nd reader who has done so!