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RECIPE: Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake

We love pumpkin cheesecake: So many recipes, so little time! This recipe is on the lighter side—pumpkin mousse—which makes it a better option after a heavy dinner. Think ahead to Thanksgiving, but try it out for Halloween.

The recipe was created by Andrea Watman, Creative Director at Zabar’s in New York City. Another twist is the gingersnap cookie crust, which brings even more holiday flavor into the recipe.

  • Try the pumpkin mousse cheesecake recipe.
  • No mousse for you? Here’s a full-strength mocha pumpkin cheesecake (cheesecake with a coffee bean-graham cracker crust and a mocha glaze).
  • Find more cheesecake recipes, including Burnt Caramel Cheesecake Brûlée, Cranberry Cheesecake, Irish Coffee cheesecake, Mango Cheesecake, Mascarpone Cheesecake, Rosemarie Brie Cheesecake and Sour Cream Topping Cheesecake.

Pumpkin mousse cheesecake is lighter than other recipes.


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TIP OF THE DAY: Pumpkin Table Settings

Scatter miniature pumpkins and gourds to dress up the dining table from October through Thanksgiving weekend. They also can be used to hold place cards: Either cut a slit on the top with a sharp knife to insert the card, or use strong double-stick tape to affix it.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Scooping Pumpkin

The easiest way to scoop out a pumpkin is with an ice cream scoop. Whether you’re removing only the pulp and seeds or all the fruit, a large scoop makes the job go faster. If you’ll be turning the pumpkin into a Jack o’lantern, you can make the vegetal scent fragrant by sprinkling cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice inside. The lit candle will diffuse the scent, and you can refresh the spices each day when you light the wick. Try cinnamon today, nutmeg tomorrow, then cloves, then allspice.

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HALLOWEEN: Best Gourmet Candy & Other Treats


Chocolate Bellboy Skull from Woodhouse

Here’s what we want in our trick-or-treat bag:

The Browniepops Halloween collection, chocolate-dipped sea salt caramel apples from Cocoa Dolce, pumpkin marshmallows from Pete’s Gourmet, burnt caramel Halloween bonbons from Recchiuti Confections, monster cookies from Rolling Pin Productions, the chocolate skeleton bride and groom from Sahagùn Chocolates, the chocolate-covered Halloween strawberries from Secret Spoon, Woodhouse Chocolate’s “bellboy” chocolate skulls and John & Kira’s fig pumpkins (see the post below).

Are we gluttonous? No, just obsessed with the best—and we share generously!


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TIP OF THE DAY: Halloween Frosting

If you’re thinking of baking a sweet [trick or] treat, here’s a trick to add that special Halloween touch: Make a cake or cupcakes with a spooky black frosting. It used to be that you had to create black frosting with blue food color, adding it to chocolate frosting drop by drop until the frosting turned black. But now, McCormick makes pure black food color to make life easier (and a boon for those who can’t have chocolate). Decorate the top of your baked treat with candy corn, or check candy shops for marzipan spiders, candy pumpkins and other holiday specialties.


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