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Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

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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!

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!Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

If you love pumpkin cheesecake than you’ll love these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and this lightened up Pumpkin Roll.

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’d 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.


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Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

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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!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 shot glass


  • 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 nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 oz light whipped topping, I used Truwhip light


  • 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 refrigerate until ready to serve.

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


Serving: 1 shot glass, Calories: 78 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 16.5 mg, Sugar: 7.5 g


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63 comments on “Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters”

  1. WW has a new plan. Please tell us that can help us get the points for all this wonderful food. I love your recipes and I do use them alot. Thank Yyou for your time and please dont stop what your doing. Love and light Jessie.

  2. I live in the Netherlands and we don’t have “whipped topping” here. What could I use instead? Thanks 

    1. you can use my homemade lightened whipped cream recipe here:

  3. Just a tip for everyone! My local 99 cent store has mini serving cups (squarish, but perfect size) and mini spoons. They are great for large gatherings & are disposable, but sturdy.  Making 40 shooters for Thanksgiving!

  4. How would I be able to add bourbon to this? I’m afraid if I add 3 tbsp of bourbon it might make it too wet. Any thoughts?

  5. Anyone made this in a baking dish, 9×9 or 9×13? I’d like to do it for a potluck and need help with proptions.  Thanks!

  6. I have recently fell in love with roasted butternut squash, to me is my pumpkin fix.  I  know for your recipe  here brown sugar for the whole recipe was 2pts. Does it save pts? For me the roasted squash I don’t add sugar. You are an expertise. What are ur thoughts or helpful tips on this. Turning butternut into a pumpkin. Ha ha by midnight? 

  7. Are you certain these are only 3 smart points each? I hope they are!! But it still seems low for he amount of fat and sugar…do you know the saturated fat? Thanks! 

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    Nicole McConkey

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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."

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

  13. 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.

    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?

    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!

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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

    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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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"

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

    1. 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.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

    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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

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

    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!

    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!!