No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

We love a great pie, but let’s face it: sometimes, we’re looking for something a bit easier. Allow us to present our no-bake pumpkin chocolate cheesecake. It looks (and tastes!) like a showstopper, but comes together in a flash: no oven, rolling pin, or elbow grease required. Try something new this Thanksgiving, or serve this dessert alongside your favorite traditional pumpkin pie.

no-bake pumpkin cheesecake
You can’t have too many desserts on the table

No-Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake

Active Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Cook Time: 4 hours (up to overnight)

(For the crust)
1 9-oz package chocolate wafer cookies
¼ tsp salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
(For the filling)
3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
¼ cup sour cream
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Make the crust: In a food processor, pulse the cookies until finely ground. With the motor running, add the salt and slowly stream in the melted butter until well combined. Using your hands, evenly press the cookie mixture into the bottom and up the sides of an 8-inch springform pan.

Make the filling: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth. Add the vanilla and sour cream; reduce the speed to medium and beat 1 to 2 minutes, or until light and smooth. Evenly divide between 2 medium bowls. Add the melted chocolate to 1 bowl; stir to combine. Add the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to the other bowl; stir to combine.

Assemble the cheesecake: Evenly spread the chocolate-cream cheese mixture into the crust. Evenly top with the pumpkin-cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

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Four-Ingredient Easy Apple Cider

Easy apple cider recipe

We’re in the thick of apple picking season, and we can’t enough of the satisfying sound and feel of a plump apple being plucked from the tree. In fact, we may get just a bit over eager! Like many orchard-goers, sometimes we find ourselves bringing home a few too many apples. Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Crispin, McIntosh – whatever the variety, we have more apples than we know what to do with, and only one pie dish at home! Enter: this easy apple cider recipe.

So, this weekend when you’re rationing out your red, yellow, and green bounty, save some apples for snacking, some for baking, and some for Four-Ingredient Apple Cider, our new favorite recipe for making a serious dent in our post-apple-picking apple inventory! It is especially simple AND great for getting the kids involved. What are you waiting for? Make something delicious with the fruits of your labor!

Read on for the recipe!

Apple Cider Final

Four Ingredient Easy Apple Cider Recipe

3 Pounds Apples (We recommend a variety of types)
16 Cups Water
1 ½ to 2 Cups Light Brown Sugar
4 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Vanilla Bean (optional)

Easy Apple Cider Ingredients

Large Stockpot


Wash and dry the apples. Cut into quarters (no need to core!) and add to a large stockpot. Add water, cinnamon and sugar (up to 2 cups, depending your desired level of sweetness). Heat to a simmer over high, stirring occasionally, then reduce to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, or until the apples are very soft. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

apple cider pre cooking

Once cool enough to handle, using a potato masher, large spoon or fork, mash the apples into the mixture. This step is great for kids!

Apple cider mashing

Carefully pour the mixture through a strainer set over a large bowl. Using a ladle, push the mixture through the strainer; discard any pulp, seeds and cinnamon sticks.

Apple cider straining

Refrigerate, cover and use within 1 week.

One of our other favorite drinks for fall involves hot apple cider and a few other ingredients. Most notably, bourbon! Try this recipe for the perfect Hot Toddy when you’re looking to warm up.

For the rest of your apples, try Five-Ingredient Apple Turnovers, Five Ingredient Cider Caramels, or just add apples to your dinners!

Apple Cider Final 3

Happy fall cooking!