Make a picture-perfect fall dessert for your holiday open house or neighborhood block party. It's pretty from the top, and even prettier when you remove a slice.
3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
28 chocolate graham cracker sheets (12 oz. total)
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
How to Make It
Beat cream cheese and sugars in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Then beat in pumpkin, half-and-half, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.
Lay enough graham crackers in a 9- by 9-in. pan to cover bottom (cut to fit if necessary). Spread a quarter of pumpkin mixture over crackers with an offset spatula. Layer 3 more times, ending with pumpkin mixture.
Cover; chill overnight. Set leaf cutouts (trace them on paper) on top and dust with cocoa, then remove. Cut cake into squares.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per square.
To serve it on a plate (out of the pan), line pan with plastic wrap so it hangs over the edges. Start your layers with a quarter of the pumpkin mixture, top with graham crackers, and repeat 3 times, ending with crackers. To serve, lift from pan using plastic wrap as handles. Hold a plate facedown on top of the cake and flip over together. Remove wrap, smooth with a spatula, and trim edges. Then decorate as directed.
I made this for Thanksgiving and took it to a friend's house. It was so easy to make and delicious. I ran out of time and so I didn't get a chance to cut out the leaves (or other shapes), and so I just dusted it with the chocolate powder--still amazing. My friend is still telling me how good it was, and she just asked for the recipe. Definitely fun and easy to make!
I made this to take to someones house which I never should have done. I usually don't take things I haven't made before but this looked good and easy. It was barely edible. I followed the directions to the T and it was bitter and looked better than it tasted. Live and learn.
Question - why is it called pumpkin chocolate? Is the chocolate because of the dusting of cocoa powder? The previous review refers to the chocolate to pumpkin ratio and the chocolate layers. Is there something missing from the recipe?
11/6/11 Thank you for the answer, I can't believe I missed that the graham crackers were chocolate!!!! Much appreciated!
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