Make your own No-Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars in about 15 minutes flat. This simple layered cake-like dessert will need to be refrigerated overnight prior to serving, but it's well worth the wait as the layers meld together to create decadent layers of light pumpkin filling between soft chocolate cookie. . .
During the Holidays you'll also be able to find gingerbread flavored graham crackers. That particular flavor works Really well in this recipe if you'd like a more festive flare to your pumpkin dessert. You might notice in the photos for this recipe we have rather large (pan size) chocolate graham crackers, this is because we made our own
to fit the pan (9x9 size).
3 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
28 chocolate graham crackers
or Gingerbread Graham Crackers (12 oz total)
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Combine cream cheese and sugars in a bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add in pumpkin, half-and-half, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.
The quickie method:
Layer the bottom of a 9- by 9-in. dish with graham crackers, covering bottom (you may need to cut to fit). Spread a quarter of pumpkin mixture over crackers with an offset spatula. Repeat layers 3 more times, ending with pumpkin mixture.
Cover; chill overnight. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder, cut cake into squares and serve.
The "Picture Perfect" Method:
Alternatively, if you'd like to serve this dessert on a plate you can line the 9x9 dish with plastic wrap and reverse the layers- (Pumpkin first), then graham crackers, repeat ending with Graham crackers.) Place it in the fridge overnight, the next day, place a plate on the dish and quickly flip it over, remove the plastic wrap, smooth it with a rubber spatula and then dust liberally with cocoa powder. Cut into slices and serve.
Regardless of which method you choose, do not omit the overnight refrigeration time. The reason for this is that the graham crackers need time to absorb the moisture of the layers, taking in the flavor and softening into a perfect chocolate cake-like layer of rich chocolatey goodness.