Oct 25, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters



When you need a "little" treat, these delicious pumpkin cheesecake shooters are the perfect sweet fix. Perfect to serve at Halloween party or to add to your Thanksgiving table!

I love the idea of serving bite sized desserts at a party, it's perfectly portioned, and if there are other desserts on the table, it's just the right amount. You can buy inexpensive shot glasses at the dollar store and if you are bringing a dessert to a party, you can even give the shot glasses to the host as a gift.

These can be made ahead and kept chilled until ready to serve. Of course, if you rather use larger glasses, you can make 8 servings and double the filling.

My whipped topping of choice is Truwhip, and I'm excited they just came out with a light version! I love that it contains all natural ingredients, no HFCS, hydrogenated oils, transfats or GMOs. 


Enjoy!



Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 16 • Size: 1 shot glass* Points +: 2 pts • Smart Points: 3
Calories: 78 • Fat: 4.2 g • Carb: 11.6 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 7.5 g
Sodium: 16.5 mg


Ingredients:

  • 3 (1.5 oz total) whole chocolate graham crackers
  • 4 oz 1/3 fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup pure canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 oz light whipped topping (I used Truwhip light)

Directions:

Crush graham crackers in a food processor. Set aside.

In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Beat until well combined and creamy.  Use a spatula to fold in 5 oz (1-1/2 cups) of the whipped topping; combine until no streaks remain. Place in a piping bag or ziplock bag with a corner snipped off.

To assemble: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of each shot glass. Pipe a layer of pumpkin cheesecake onto the graham cracker crust (about 1 tbsp) followed by a layer of whipped topping. Repeat a second layer and finish with another sprinkle of crumbs. Insert small spoons and refrigerator until ready to serve.

*Each shot glass has 2 tbsp pumpkin cheesecake, 1 tbsp whipped topping, 1 tsp graham cracker crumbs total.

46 comments :

  1. Yum! Although I cannot say I could stop after just one shooter

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Luckily 2 shooters are only 4 pts :)

      Delete
  2. YUM. I bet it would be good w/ ginger snaps instead of chocolate grahams too! Thanks Gina.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Is there a reason why you didn't use FF cream cheese? Does it affect the flavor? What about low-fat graham crackers?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fat free cream cheese is made with a lot of garbage. Generally, full fat dairy items are made with whole milk and reduced fat/low fat items are made with skim milk. Fat free has a bunch of extra garbage and things that I don't like to consume. Compare the ingredient lists. The list for fat free dairy items will be A LOT longer!

      Delete
    2. I've ruined recipes using fat free cream cheese - it is grainy and I've had to toss food made with it and start from scratch with REAL cream cheese. Sometimes it's just not worth giving up calories/points!!

      Delete
  4. YUM-MEEEE! Simple question: what if I don't have shot glasses? Any suggestions for portion sizes? I'll find something else, but want to make sure I'm using the correct portions.

    Just found out about this site yesterday and am in LOVE! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  5. where can one find tiny spoons?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I saw little silver ones at Dollar tree, with all their holiday serving pieces

      Delete
    2. They sell this set at Bed Bat and Beyond

      Delete
  6. could you make these without the graham? I am celiac...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. sure! crush some gluten-free cookies or use chocolate sprinkles.

      Delete
  7. Just finished making these! I tasted the spoon leftover from the mixing bowl and YUM!! Can't wait until after dinner tonight to dig into it! Btw..didn't have pumpkin spice on hand, and used regular graham crackers cause that's what I had, and I'm thinking mine turned out just fine with these substitutions. Thanks for posting Gina, I LOOOOVE your site.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Adorable! Love all these pumpkin posts!

    I'm a bit of a Greek Yogurt groupie, so I would throw some into this for some added protein - you'll never taste it with the Cream Cheese & Pumpkin!

    Great share xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Pier One carries a whole line called "Tasting Party." They have several varieties, including parfait glasses almost identical to those in the photo. THey come in a box of 12 with matching spoons small enough to get into the narrow shot glass. They also have ramekins, trifle bowls, flared goblets -- all in miniature 2-3 bite sizes. I've done whole dessert parties using these and people go nuts over them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! perfect!! Love Pier One!

      Delete
    2. I have many of the sets from Pier One's tasting party collection. I did notice last time I was there that they had sets of silverware sold separately too.

      Delete
  10. Bed Bath and Beyond also has lots of tasting dishes. I have a 20% off coupon, so I am going to have to shop this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's where these came from, with the spoons too.

      Delete
  11. Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall's always have cute shot glasses, usually inexpensive. I'm thinking these desserts would be adorable in the iced vodka shot glasses that are on stems that you stick in the ice bowl. Always wanted a reason to buy one of those but couldn't think of what I'd use it for! Happy birthday gift to me"

    ReplyDelete
  12. The shot glasses are a great way to control portions but I think this could also be served layered in a dish with dippers (graham crackers, ginger snaps or chocolate cookie wafers.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I bought a set of 12 parfait glasses at Walmart yesterday with the little spoons for $14 just for this recipe and it was so worth it, totally delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think the company that makes TruWhip must make the House Whip at Trader Joe's. The ingredient list is identical and it's very tasty - just in case your readers can't find TruWhip

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for that tip! I can't find it local where I'm at and was going to see what Trader Joe's had, so thanks!

      Delete
  15. I'm limiting my gluten or dairy for a few months and so I used Tofuti cream cheese and GF Ginger Snaps from Trader Joe's -AMAZING DESSERT! Thanks Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I made these for my dinner club...what a HUGE hit! Everyone just loved them! I'll be making these again! Thank-you! -Holly

    ReplyDelete
  17. The cheesecake base is in the fridge and I'll be assembling them tonight before dinner so we can have them for dessert after Trick or Treating! Can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I made these today. I am usually the only one in the house who loves pumpkin, but this time my husband, 6 year old and 9 month old had a shot glass each! They were delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Regarding the amount of Truwhip...you list 8 oz. A measuring cup of 8 oz. or weighed on a food scale 8 oz?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Can I make this a couple days before Thanksgiving or should it be the day before or even that day? I don't want them to go bad but I need to make double and I have to make other things so I just want the make sure I can make it in time. Thanks. Can't wait to try it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Was going to ask the same thing! I would not assemble til or if you do, not put the grahams on the bottom, otherwise they will be soggy. And just sprinkle on top or leave off.

      What would you say, Gina?

      Delete
    2. Hey Pam and Cindy! I posted a comment about my experience with this so you can just scroll down or I'll summarize here: I made the pumpkin/cream cheese/cool whip mixture and left it in the fridge and assembled the shooters within an hour of when we ate them. They don't take long to assemble, but Cindy, if you were to make double, it would probably take a while. That being said, I ate one the day after I assembled them (I left one in the fridge by accident; there wouldn't have been leftovers if I hadn't! Yum!) and the graham crackers were soft, but not soggy! Yummy the day after, so I would say assembling them early is fine!

      Delete
    3. I would make the ingredients ahead, but assemble closer to serving.

      Delete
  21. my daughter and I just made these tonight. Can't wait for people to try them tomorrow @ Thanksgiving.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi! I've looked through your recipes several times in the past, but this is the first one I actually tried! I wanted to contribute a yummy, healthy dessert to the small Thanksgiving meal my family had so after looking through yours (for the who-knows-how-many-th time) and several other websites, I picked this one! My family is used to me making healthy-fied desserts, and the results haven't always been wonderful in the past, but they still try them, even with some hesitance. But everyone loved them! I only had 4 or 5 tall shot glasses, so I chose dessert bowls. I had enough for about 7, so the nutrition info was bigger, but I probably would have had two anyways. ;) I just wanted to say thank you for the recipe and to tell you it was a hit!
    As for the question about when to prepare, I assembled them within an hour of serving, and that worked well, especially since they don't take long to assemble. But I ate one today (the day after I made them) and it was still great! The graham crackers were softer, yes, but I wouldn't have considered them "soggy."

    ReplyDelete
  23. Another wonderful dish Gina! The hard part was finding 20 mini tasting dishes. :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. I made these for a family gathering and they were a HIT! I doubled everything and used regular graham crackers because that's what I had

    ReplyDelete
  25. I had dinner guests tonight and served these for a light dessert! They were so tasty --- everyone loved 'em! So easy to make!!! They don't taste "skinny" --- but was nice to have a decadant dessert that did not make us feel guilty for having dessert!!!!! Thank you Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  26. These look awesome...and as a type 1 diabetic they would make a perfect low carb treat!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow, amazing! I am thinking of trying sweetened 0% Fromage Frais instead of the cream, to make it even lighter?

    ReplyDelete
  28. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

If you really like a post please share, like on FB, Stumble and give it a THUMBS UP or Pin It on Pinterest!

Comments are welcome but please keep it positive and helpful. No hyperlinks, no spam, no ads, no keywords and no personal attacks.