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Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 12:16 PM EST
Servings: 15 Individual Cheesecakes

INGREDIENTS:
15 each    Gingersnaps, thin
15 oz Kroger Pumpkin Puree
1-1/3 cup Kroger Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Kroger Cinnamon, ground
1-1/4 teaspoon Kroger Pumpkin Pie Spice
½ teaspoon Kroger Salt
1-1/2#    Kroger Cream Cheese, chunks
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, fresh
1 Tablespoon Private Selection Pure Vanilla Extract
5 large    Eggs, room temperature
1 cup Kroger Heavy Cream
15 each Jumbo Muffin Paper Liners

DIRECTIONS:
Using Jumbo Muffin Pan, place gingersnaps in bottom of each paper liner. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

FILLING: 
Pat pumpkin dry with several layers of paper towels. Whisk together the sugar, spices & salt in a small bowl. Beat cream cheese until smooth, scrape down bowl.  Beat in half of the sugar mixture until incorporated & repeat with the remaining sugar mixture.  Beat in dry pumpkin, lemon juice & vanilla until incorporated.  Beat in eggs, one at a time until incorporated, then heavy cream.  Pour filling into cups.

BAKING:
Add water pan to oven for moisture.  Bake @ 325 in oven for 45 minutes until Instant-read thermometer reads 150 degrees.  Let rest for 30 minutes, then refrigerate.Pumpkin Cheesecakes


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