Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes | Gina Chong
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Last Fall I made a marscapone-gingersnap pumpkin pie, and lately it's been floating around Pinterest a lot after it found it's way onto this list. The thing is, it's just a twist on a classic, and those are my favorite recipes to make.

Today I put a twist on pumpkin cheesecake, baking it over a pumpkin-ginger cookie crust and topping it with salted dark chocolate ganache. You know those mini cheesecakes baked in muffin pans with cherry pie filling on top? These are just as easy as those, but elevated. It's made real simple with this Pillsbury® Perfectly Pumpkin Cookie Mix that I just add ginger to and use as my crust base. And make sure you use a good dark chocolate for the ganache, I used DOVE® Dark Chocolate Pumpkins. These are sold exclusively at Target, so keep that in mind. They had good deals on these products when I was shopping, so make sure you check Cartwheel.

Check out coupons for the DOVE here, and one for Pillsbury mixes here.

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Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Makes about 20

Ginger-Pumpkin Cookie Crust:
  • Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake:
  • 2 (8 oz.) pkg.s cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
Dark Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4.5 oz (about 16 pieces) DOVE Dark Chocolate Pumpkins, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • coarse sea salt


Prepare cookie mix according to instructions, adding 1/2 tsp ginger to the mix. Roll into balls that are slightly less than 1 inch and bake according to instructions. Set aside to cool.

Heat oven to 350F. Prep a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Beat together all of the cheesecake ingredients until light and fluffy. Place one cookie into each cupcake liner. Pour cheesecake batter over the cookies, until almost full. Bake for about 15 minutes until set. Let cool completely.

Pour your finely chopped DOVE chocolate into a medium bowl and set aside. Place the heavy cream in a small saucepan over med-high heat. Heat just until boiling, then immediately pour over your chocolate and stir until smooth. Pour a spoonful over top of each cooled cheesecake and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

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  1. YUMMMM! Your blog is so dangerous, I always end up hungry and making grocery lists ;)

    xo, mikéla /

  2. Holy moly these look delicious! and the perfect size!

    1. Thanks! And yeah they are the perfect size until you realize you've devoured 5 of them :( true story.

  3. yum!! These look so good! I picked up a can of pumpkin at the grocery store and I've been waiting for the perfect thing to make... you are inspiring me to just go for it! And then make these!! :)

    xo, Sarah

  4. Those look AMAZING! Can't wait to try!
    -xo, Shell

  5. These look so good that it should be illegal. Thanks for sharing!! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

  6. looks sooo good!

  7. These cheesecakes look incredible! You always make me so hungry Gina!


  8. Yum yum yum! But how did you make them look so perfect!? I just stumbled across your cute blog!
    You should come link up over at my style & beauty link up! The Style Files Link-Up

    1. they are so easy that it's hard to ruin them really :) thanks Lauryn

  9. that looks sooo yummy! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  10. Looks delicious...!! I think I need to hire you to bake for me... ;)

    1. haha! They have plenty of amazing bakeries in Singapore!

  11. Soooooo let me know when you open up your own restaurant!

  12. oh wow these look so good!!!

  13. Holy cow... these look absolutely perfect! SO beautiful and delectable! Must try this recipe!


  14. This looks so yummy and delicious♥♥

  15. Wooooww yummmy.
    I want one Gina
    Looks tasty

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  16. These look so amazing and perfect for Halloween! :)

  17. Like all of your desserts this one is absolutely stunning! I hate to admit that I'm not a pumpkin lover, but these look so good I don't know that I could resist. And those little pumpkin chocolates are so cute :)

    1. Can't believe you're not a pumpkin lover! So unfortunate. But you can always just remove the pumpkin and spices, it will still set~

  18. Those look amazing! And yet they're so simple. I love this twist on a recipe. #client

  19. Looks amazing! Nice

  20. Oh my, this looks so good! I need to make husband would love it! :)

  21. Oh my gosh these look too good right now! Pinning these to make next month!

    Cec || Dearest Lou

  22. You are such an inspiration when it come's to baking! Seriously, all I'd rather do is try out your recipes than study for my exams! haha These look amazing :)

    The Style Roll

  23. Those cheesecakes look so good! Unfortunately, I haven't seen pumpkin chocolate in Dubai, so I guess I have to settle with looking at your pictures and drool:)

  24. That looks delicious!

  25. what size cream cheese packages?


  26. these look delish! Are they in mini cupcake liners?

    1. They are just regular size cupcake liners~


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