This year, I am officiating a wedding for my dear friends on Halloween, and throwing a spooktacular Halloween-themed bachelorette party the night before. One of the most important parts of any party is the menu, so I’ve been whipping up all kinds of ghastly goodies to delight my guests tomorrow. One of my creations is this Pumpkin Cheesecake Graveyard, made using a handy ready-to-go mix from Krusteaz! I followed the directions on the back of the Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix to make a cheesecake, adding in my own spooky flair to turn it into a Halloween conversation piece. Check it out:
Pumpkin Cheesecake Graveyard
1 box Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix
6 TBSP margarine
16 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz sour cream
3 TBSP sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Green food coloring
Tombstone Cookies – get the recipe here!
In a large bowl, blend together the pouch of Krusteaz Crust Mix found inside the box with 3 tablespoons of melted margarine. Pat into the bottom of a greased 9″ round pan and bake at 350 degrees for five minutes.
While the crust heats up, mix together the cream cheese, Filling Mix pouch from inside the Krusteaz box, and four eggs; pour into the hot crust, then return to the oven until set – between 28 and 40 minutes.
As the cheesecake bakes, blend together the final topping by mixing the sour cream, sugar, lemon juice, and some green food coloring to create the “Grass” in the graveyard. Once the topping is mixed and the cheesecake is set, remove from the oven, cover with the topping, and then return to the oven for a final 5 minutes.
Once the cheesecake has cooled, insert a few of your tombstone cookies and a few Halloween cupcake toppers, such as skeletons and pumpkins, to create your final boo-tiful scene!