This easy Halloween recipe post is sponsored by Global Influence. Products were provided by Hershey. All opinions are our own.
Are you ready for a super fun and incredibly easy Halloween recipe that will have everyone at your Halloween party drooling? You have to try this Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cheesecake recipe! When I say it’s easy, I mean it. If you’re a regular reader (if you’re not, you should be!), you know that I rarely write recipes. I can bake okay, if I have really great directions and very few ingredients. So when I pulled off this Pumpkin Swirl Kisses Cheesecake Pie, I was ecstatic. I actually had a backup post planned, just in case!
The path to this post began with an insanely amazing assortment of Hershey products being delivered to my door step. Let me tell you, on that day, I got so much done between all the coffee I drank in the morning and the chocolate I “sampled” in the afternoon!
I ran a ton of ideas through my head. Should I do a post on how to throw a great Halloween party? How to be the house that every trick-or-treater loves? How to moderate your candy stash so you don’t end up eating it all before the big event? Then I saw the Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses and the idea became clear: an easy delicious Halloween recipe! See, when it comes to Kisses, I’m a bit of a purist. I like the milk chocolate, the dark chocolate and the milk chocolate with almonds for snacking. On the other hand, I do love all things pumpkin! I wanted to find a way to use those Kisses without actually eating them plain. Fortunately, the recipe on the back of the bag provided just the inspiration I needed!
At OurFamilyWorld, we are passionate about preventing childhood obesity. Part of making sure your child doesn’t over-indulge is allowing them to indulge once in a while! This recipe is definitely an indulgence, but it’s so rich and delicious that you only need a small piece to satisfy your sweet tooth!
How to make this Pumpkin Swirl Kisses Cheesecake Pie Halloween recipe
Note: the original recipe called for a graham cracker crust. While in the store, I decided to try something different. I also melted the Kisses on the oven instead of in the microwave. I’ll explain why in the directions.
- 2 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 pre-made shortbread crust (9-inch crust, I got mine in the baking section)
- 35 Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses (the original recipe calls for 30 in the pie and 5 as a topping. I did not read this part and used 35 in the pie. It came out great, so I’m going with what I did!)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Whipped cream for topping if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Set a medium pot on the stove, unwrap the Kisses and put them in the pot. Don’t turn it on yet, this saves you from trying to get them all unwrapped while your cream cheese mixture is sitting in the bowl.
- In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until it’s nice and smooth. I suggest using electric beaters or a KitchenAid.
- Add in the 2 eggs, one at a time. Mix well with each addition.
- Set aside 1/4 cup of the batter, pour the rest into the crust and set aside for a moment.
- Now go to your pot of Kisses. The directions on the bag explain how to do this step with a microwave. I don’t like to microwave candy because it seizes up quickly and I’m not that fast on my feet in the kitchen! Instead, melt the Kisses over low heat on the stove top.
- Once they’re nice and smooth, add in the 1/4 cup of batter that you set aside an the tablespoon of milk. Stir until blended and creamy.
- Turn the heat down to the lowest setting, just enough to keep the mixture from seizing up.
- Using a tablespoon, drop dollops of mixture into the batter in the crust. I pushed down on the surface a bit to make sure it really got inside the pie.
- Once you’ve used up the mixture, swirl it around to create a marbled effect.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. When the middle is just shy of set, it’s done. Remove pie and cool on a cooling rack. Then stick it in the fridge to chill for about an hour. Top with whipped cream.
It seems like a lot of steps (at least to me, who runs screaming when recipes have more than three ingredients and five steps!), but it really is quite easy and totally worth the effort! Find this Halloween recipe and others at the Celebrate with Hershey’s Website.
Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe? We’d love to hear it!