Truth be told, I was not a fan of cheesecake until just a few years ago. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I loathe cream cheese unless it is thoroughly disguised, as in my mom's delicious cream cheese pound cake. There is just something about seeing someone's teeth imprints in inch-thick cream cheese caked on a bagel that makes me gag. Or even worse when people squirt the packets of cream cheese directly into their mouth and follow it with a bite of bagel (walk around a college campus if you don't believe me!). Grosses me out to the core! It must have been my mom's cheesecake that got me over this fear and thankfully allows me to enjoy sweet treats like these mini pumpkin spiced cheesecakes.
You may remember from this post that this recipe was on my list of must-tries for the Fall baking season. I've never baked cheesecake before so this was going to be an adventure. I'm happy to report that all went well and these little guys were a hit with my boyfriend and his family as we sat around the table carving pumpkins a couple weeks ago.
Having never baked a cheesecake before, I obviously wasn't prepared in the pan department. And since I love all things mini (who doesn't!?), I had my eyes on this pan from Sur La Table which I am happy to report was perfect for the job. Clean up is super easy, too. I'm also a big fan of this little gadget that, while not absolutely necessary, does make it easier and cleaner to distribute batter among pans or for pancakes/waffles. Sure it adds another item to wash, but it's easier than using a measuring cup and your fingers/spatula.
As for the recipe itself, the only adjustment I made was to substitute the cream cheese to 1/3 reduced fat in an attempt to make myself feel less guilty should I have decided to eat 5 in one sitting! I ended up with more whipped topping than was needed, but I can always find another use for it, like on top of a pumpkin spiced latte!
If you have any great fall cheesecake recipes, share in the comments below! And if you aren't sick of pumpkin baking recipes yet, check back next week for DELICIOUS mini pumpkin spice latte bundt cakes with coffee glaze!