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Pumpkin Spice with Caramel Swirl Cheesecake

When I moved to the Chicago area I had a few worries. The main thing was meeting new people and making new friends. Luckily I had some amazing friends from my teen years already living here. In fact I moved in with one of them! Even luckier (for me at least) my new roomie doesn’t know his way around the kitchen that well so I get to do the bulk of the cooking and baking.

I know to some that wouldn’t be so much of a good thing, but for me it’s amazing. I’m the happiest when I have people to cook and bake for, it’s where I find a lot of my pleasure in life. I’m by no means the best but I like to think I’m pretty darn good. Something else I’m pretty good at is finding shortcuts in the kitchen. As much as I love to cook and bake I don’t always have the time to prepare everything from scratch.

Kraft Holiday Bake Center

With the holidays quickly approaching I have been looking for a happy balance between being in the kitchen and being with friends. The Kraft Holiday Bake Center at Walmart does a great job of making that happen in a budget friendly fashion. All of the necessities for holiday desserts are there with some extra goodies all at affordable prices.  The Bake Center is actually what inspired this recipe that I’m sharing today. It’s amazingly simple and virtually foolproof – anyone can make it and the beauty is there is no baking involved!

Kraft Holiday Bake Center

I picked up some of the necessities while I was at Walmart, came home, and whipped up this Pumpkin Spice with Caramel Swirl Cheesecake.It wasn’t complete until I added the white chocolate drizzle on top; then it was perfection.

Pumpkin Spice with Caramel Swirl Cheesecake with White Chocolate Drizzle

The first thing I did was melt 1/3 cup of Kraft Caramel Bits in a double boiler.

Melt-Caramel

While my caramel was melting I softened 8 oz. of cream cheese in the microwave then blended that with 1/2 cup of milk. Then I added a box of JELL-O Pumpkin Spice Flavor Instant Pudding. I whisked that all together with another cup of milk.

Cream-Cheese

I poured the mixture into a prepared graham cracker crust and swirled the melted caramel through the cheesecake. Then I put that in the fridge for 2 hours to firm.

cheesecake-Swirly

Once the cheesecake was firm I melted 6 squares of BAKER’S White Chocolate (in a Ziploc bag) in the microwave. I used 30 second intervals, squeezing the bag to help it melt during intervals. I cut the tip off of the bag and drizzled the white chocolate all over the cheesecake. I put the cheesecake back in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so the chocolate could settle and voila.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake White Chocolate Swirl

That was it, if it sounds simple it’s because it is!

This is one of my creative and easy recipes using the Kraft Holiday Bake Center as inspiration, what ideas do you have?

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