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Spooky Strawberry Cheesecake Halloween Treats

Spooky Strawberry Cheesecake Halloween Treats

Halloween is a few days away. Bake a quick batch of these spooky strawberry cheesecake squares! Cheesecake may sound hard to make, but these are surprisingly quick and easy. You can find these edible eyeballs at your local craft store!

Click here to view my recipe on the Litehouse Foods Blog

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Biscoff Cheesecake

I have never had an appreciation for cheesecakes until recently. After taking the plunge one day awhile back and following a recipe, I was amazed how simple it was and the cheesecake turned out delicious. I’m no culinary pro, just your average mom, so the idea of using a water bath to bake a cake, which I’ve found in many cheesecake recipes, scares me. I like to keep it simple.

This Pumpkin Pie Caramel Biscoff Cheesecake is now going to have a place at my Thanksgiving table!

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Biscoff Cheesecake. The perfect fall flavors!

I have heard the trick to creating a perfect cheesecake without cracks is to have all of the ingredients at room temperature before mixing. Thank goodness for delicious toppings to cover up any imperfections…

Another thing I’m still learning is how to cut a cheesecake. If you make this Pumpkin pie cheesecake you’ll find the hardest part is cutting it. You don’t want a crust too thick or it will be impossible to cut cleanly.

I don’t think we’ve ever had cheesecake at Thanksgiving, but these flavors are so fitting. Let me know if you decide to try it and how it turns out!

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Biscoff Cheesecake. I'm making this for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Biscoff Cheesecake

Ingredients
For the crust:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 pkg Biscoff cookies (about 32)
1 cup flour

For the cheesecake:
(2) 8oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
(1) 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
1 Tbl. cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Toppings:
1 jar of caramel sauce or homemade caramel
2 cups chopped pecans (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Let all refrigerated ingredients sit out until at room temperature. Pulse the Biscoff cookies in a food processor until you have crumbs.
  3. Combine the crust ingredients in a bowl and press into a greased 9″ springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese and sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients in order.
  5. Pour onto cooled crust and bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Let the cheesecake cool slightly and place in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
  7. You can pour the caramel sauce over the cheesecake before you refrigerate or right before serving.

Pumpkin Pie Caramel Biscoff Cheesecake. I'm making this for Thanksgiving!

Easy Braided Berry Hand Pies

Easter is coming up and although I’m bummed my kids aren’t here yet, I will be happy to spend this time with family and celebrate the occasion. Since we are a young family, we haven’t developed any traditions of our own, just those that we grew up with ourselves, but I know our own will develop over time! Each holiday and special occasion for us is usually accompanied by food and Easter is no different. Colton and I made these delicious Berry Braided Hand Pies {which are super easy!} and would be perfect for Easter Brunch.

Braided Berry Hand Pies // via Busy Mommy

With most recipes, I like to have a purely homemade version and then a version with meal-helpers I can use when I’m in a time-crunch. Frozen bread dough makes these hand pies easy as…. pie. You could make an apple braid version or even your own personal pizza braids.

Berry Braided Hand Pies! The perfect breakfast or dessert.

The berries are cooked on the stovetop while sugar and cornstarch are incorporated to make a delicious filling. The bread is rolled out and strips are cut on each side.

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These are easy enough for the little ones to help with. Colton was very meticulous about spreading the berry filling exactly in the center.

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The braiding is a little harder, which can be reserved for the older kids. The braids can be time consuming, but that’s what makes it so beautiful!

Easy Berry Braided Hand Pies with Powdered Sugar Glaze

3 cups mixed berries, frozen (or fresh!)
1 loaf of frozen bread dough, thaw and let rise (or try a homemade bread dough like this one!)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tbl. cornstarch

  1. Cook the berries on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the sugar. Mix the cornstarch in the water and add to the berry mixture. Cook on a low boil for 5-10 minutes while stirring. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Spread the bread dough out on a floured surface. Cut into 4 rectangles. Using a pizza cutter, cut the same amount of strips on each side of the bread dough leaving room for the berry mixture in the middle.
  3. Add the berry filling down the center. Fold the top two strips, down over the berries to create the end of the braid and prevent berries from spilling out.
  4. Continue to alternate folding the strips to the other side until you get to the end!
  5. Bake at 350 until golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  6. If you want a powdered sugar glaze, melt 3 Tbls butter, add in 1 cup powdered sugar and a bit of milk until it has a glaze consistency.

Super Easy Mixed Berry Braided Hand Pies!

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