Traeger Wood Fired Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
This is an updated version of one of my favorite recipes that I created while I lived in East Tennessee a few years back. You can use fresh roasted pumpkin or canned. If you can’t find Speculoos cookies for the crust, use graham crackers and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the crust mixture.
I smoke these on my Traeger Pro 34, but you could certainly make them in the oven. You just won’t have the awesome wood fired flavor that comes from baking on a Traeger.
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Speculoos Crust
Yield 18 mini cheesecakes, bakes at 275F for 25-30 minutes
1 package of Speculoos cookies
4 T butter, melted
16 oz. cream cheese at room temperature. (2 8oz packages)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups pumpkin
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Preheat the Traeger grill to 275F according to manufacturer instructions.
For the crust, break the Speculoos cookies in half and place in a food processor. Pulse until small crumbles and then add the melted butter. Pulse a few times until combined.
Portion the crust into lined cupcake tins, using a heaping tablespoon for each. Press into the bottom using your fingers or a small glass. Reserve any leftover for garnish if desired.
For the pumpkin cheesecake filling.
Pulse the cream cheese a few times until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
Transfer to a measuring glass with a spout to make it easier to pour. Fill the cupcakes tins almost to the top. The batter will not rise.
Bake on the Traeger at 275F for 25-30 minutes. The cheesecakes should be set around the outside. The center will continue too cook as it cools.
Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes at room temperature before transferring to the fridge. Chill for at least 2-3 hours or over night.
Top with whipped cream, Speculoos cookie crumbles, and candied pecans if desired, just before serving. Mini cheesecakes should remain refrigerated until ready to serve.
Home cook, Mom, wife, and crafty creative, Mandy is from California and has traveled the world and lived in lots of places. She has fallen in love with Dallas, TX and calls it home.