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Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake Cups

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Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake Cups
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake Cups

Portable pumpkin turtle cheesecake with Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal used as the crust.


1 1/2
cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal
tbsp unsalted butter, melted
oz cream cheese, at room temperature
cup granulated sugar
tbsp all-purpose flour
large eggs
pinch salt
cup pumpkin puree
cup greek yogurt
tsp vanilla extract
tsp pumpkin pie spice
cup praline pecans, chopped
1 1/2
cups caramel sauce (store bought is fine)


  • 1 Using a food processor, grind down cereal until it is crumb like and has no large chunks. You want it looking like if you were making a graham cracker crust.
  • 2 In a medium bowl add melted butter and 1 cup of the ground cereal and mix until all of the crumbs are moist from the butter.
  • 3 Using a 12 cup muffin pan place liners in each cup. Then evenly distribute out the crust.
  • 4 Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or a electric mixer and bowl) cream together the cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin, flour, spice, salt, and vanilla until well combined.
  • 5 Add the yogurt and the eggs and beat until well combined. Scrape down the bowl and beat another 30 seconds to make sure eggs are fully combined into the cheesecake batter.
  • 6 Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop (this really helps with portions) evenly distribute the batter on top of the crust.
  • 7 Preheat oven to 275°F.
  • 8 Evenly distribute praline pecan pieces among the cheesecake. During the baking process the praline will melt a little which is fine it sinks into the cheesecake cups adding even more flavor.
  • 9 Bake for 20 minutes.
  • 10 Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack until at room temperature.
  • 11 Keeping them in the muffin tin, refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 12 When ready to serve drizzle caramel over the top. If you are serving at a party where it is buffet style I would keep them in the muffin liners. If you are having a sit down meal remove the liners before serving and add extra caramel.
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Give Thanks to Cheesecake

As prepared by Baker Peabody,

You can find it on almost any restaurants dessert menu and with good reason… everyone loves cheesecake!

And while cheesecake is awesome, it’s not so portable at a party. Enter cheesecake bites to the rescue. Portable with all the awesomeness that comes with regular cheesecake, but in perfect party form.

Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake Cups will add something special to your holiday party or even Thanksgiving. Just when everyone is saying they couldn’t eat another bite… show them these, and I think they will change their mind. For an added spin, instead of the usual graham cracker crust, I made my crust out of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal because cinnamon and pumpkin go hand in hand.

I used praline pecans, but regular pecans are just fine. I also used store-bought caramel sauce, but if you like to make your own, here is a great recipe for Caramel Sauce.

Here’s how to make ‘em up.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites Prep

Grind the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal in a food processor and give it a whirl!


pumpkin turtle cheesecake bite prep

Add melted butter to ground cereal and mix away.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites Prep

Place cereal mix into muffin liners and pack down.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites Prep

Mix, mix, mix all your ingredients and pour (or scoop as I did) over crust.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Sprinkle on the nuts! And get your bake on.


pumpkin turtle cheesecake bite

Remove from oven. Chill in Fridge. Then top with caramel, caramel, and more caramel!

If you are looking for a more traditional shaped cheesecake for your party, why not try the Sweet Potato Cheesecake, Spiced Cider Cheesecake, or a Cranberry Ribbon Cheesecake. Whichever cheesecake you choose, I am sure it will make your party rock!

Peabody loves ice hockey (she plays!) and all things baking! Check out her great stuff at her blog site Culinary Concoctions by Peabody and her Tablespoon profile. Keep an eye out for what she can do with party food!




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