October 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, which we think every family should be celebrating! It’s the perfect excuse to bake something as a family and then enjoy it together. Baking with kids can be a lot of things—fun, stressful, time-consuming—but one thing it’s sure to be is memorable. To help you celebrate this day, we’ve found the simplest recipe for pumpkin cheesecake. It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for little helpers.
Fun Fact: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day was established in 2011.
Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake
Recipe from My Food and Family
- 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Dash of ground cloves
- Dash of ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- 1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
- 1 cup of Cool Whip
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Beat cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and spices in a large bowl with a mixer until blended. Add eggs, and beat just until blended.
- Pour mixture into the crust.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the center is almost set. Let it cool.
- Refrigerate for 3 hours. Top with Cool Whip just before serving.
The family fun doesn’t have to stop once your cheesecake is finished. Heat up some apple cider (or drink it cold if you prefer!), and put on a fall-themed movie to watch as a family. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a great choice! Or choose a few fall books to read together while you enjoy your tasty creation.
More Pumpkin Treats
If cheesecake isn’t your thing, you probably won’t be celebrating National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, but you can still enjoy other pumpkin goodies! Check out some of our favorite pumpkin treats and snacks below. Try one or all of them, and let us know which one is your favorite.
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day might seem like a silly holiday, but it’s the perfect excuse to do something special together and create new family memories—no matter how messy they may be.. And who knows, you and your family might have so much fun that you make it an annual tradition. Before you know it, your little one will be making the cheesecake without any help!