easy, no bake pumpkin cheesecake bites

*This is a sponsored post for Eggo brand waffles.  The recipe, thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Creamy, rich, tangy, no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is piped onto sweet little toasted waffles for a fun, easy, holiday dessert!

easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bites | Sweet Anna's

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new (easy to fit into the chaos) desserts for Thanksgiving dinner.

Yes, classic pumpkin pie always makes an appearance, but I won’t lie…  I buy my pumpkin pie at the store.  It’s just too easy and cheap to buy.

I save my Thanksgiving desserts energy for more creative and fun things.  I like to change things up and push people’s holiday tastes and memories outside of the norm.

So, I have made this pumpkin cheesecake dip many times before, but I decided to take it a step further and make it a fancy little 2-bite dessert, using cute little toasted Eggo mini-waffles as a crust.

Super cute and easy to throw together…  And yay for something new on the holiday table!

easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bites | Sweet Anna's

What are your favorite desserts for Thanksgiving?  Do you always make/serve/eat the same things?  Or do you like to change things up each year??

easy, no bake pumpkin cheesecake bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin purée
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar*
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Eggo mini-waffles

Directions

In a large mixer bowl, cream together everything except the waffles until light and fluffy (using the paddle attachment). Spoon this mixture into a gallon ziploc bag and chill for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days, taking it out about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve it.

When it's almost time to serve the cheesecakes, toast the mini-waffles, well done. Separate them and place them on a serving tray.

Cut off one corner of the ziploc bag of cheesecake and pipe a generous dollop onto each waffle. Sprinkle additional pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon over the top, for garnish, and serve!

(*I like to keep this cheesecake dip a little on the less-sweet side, since the dippers and whipped cream are sweetened also. Feel free to add a bit more sugar, to taste, if you like things sweeter!)

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If you’d rather not do the piping, you can just serve this as dip with toasted mini Eggo waffles, graham crackers and gingersnap cookies on the side!

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autumn salad with maple vinaigrette and waffle croutons

*This is a sponsored post for Eggo brand waffles.  The recipe, thoughts and opinions are my own!*

autumn salad with maple vinaigrette and waffle croutons | Sweet Anna's

I was really excited about this challenge to come up with non-breakfast (as in: not just butter and syrup) uses for our favorite freezer waffles.

Actually I kind of love a challenge of any kind, but my family’s obsession with Eggo waffles made this one extra fun.

This week’s theme is Thanksgiving foods.  (Waffles on Thanksgiving?  Really?!)

Yep!   And,of course, my first thought was some kind of waffle stuffing, but that just seemed too…  I don’t know.  Too much work I guess.

Then this salad idea popped into my head and oh my word is it good.

The funny thing is, I don’t really remember serving or eating salad at any Thanksgiving dinners.  Oh, I know they must have been there, but I never got around to them.  I plan on changing that ‘salad-is-second-rate’ mindset with this one.

The combination of a maple vinaigrette with the buttery, toasted waffle croutons, toasted almonds and dried cranberries is just so much fun.

The waffle croutons are the perfect balance of crunchy and chewy and the dried cranberries are such a great complement to the tangy maple dressing.

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fresh oven roasted pumpkin seeds


You know how every year you carve pumpkins and throw away all that orange gloppy mess full of seeds out of the insides?

Well, stop doing that! :o)

It just takes a few minutes to sort through the insides to get out all the seeds, and it is so worth it!

Fresh Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | Sweet Anna's
(I bet you can’t guess which one was mine!)

I have so many fun memories of carving pumpkins growing up, but I have to tell you, the highlight every single year was snacking on the seeds that my mom roasted while we carved our pumpkins.

They were just so good. Lots of butter, a good hit of seasoned salt or salt & pepper, and you’ve got one of my all-time favorite fall treats.

Fresh, Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | Sweet Anna's

 

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Welcome to Waffle Wednesdays here at Sweet Anna’s!  Sponsored by one of my favorite shortcut foods…  Eggo brand waffles!

(But don’t worry…  they have in no way affected my view of the product.  We have always loved our Eggo waffles around here!)

Easy Whole Wheat Waffle Pizzas | Sweet Anna's

Today, we are talking about easy after school (or anytime!) snacks.

I am having a bit of a hard time getting back into the swing of school year eating.  Lunches to pack, snacks to prepare, starving kids to hold off until dinner time…  I am always looking for new ideas when it comes to lunch and snack time.

I know quesadillas are always a crowd please, but seriously…  I get a little sick of making them. every. single. day.

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easy, homemade microwave sweet potato chips

Microwave sweet potato chips?  Really?!

 

That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard of this!  I have been ignoring the concept, until I started intensely craving sweet potato chips today and decided to do something about it.

Usually I make sweet potato fries, in the oven.  They are delicious, but always lack the ‘crunch’ I crave.

I was so skeptical of using the microwave, as I’m not a huge microwave user in general, but the more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense.

Have you ever tried to microwave something soft and moist, like bread, cake or cookies?  And you know how hard and dried out they get if they stay in there even a few seconds too long?

Well, use that drying-out to your advantage for some homemade chips!

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