Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cheese Pie

1 cup lorna doones crushed fine or graham crackers crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (4 tablespoons melted, 4 tablespoons softened)
1-1/4 cups pumpkin purée
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 400°F. .
In a medium bowl, combine cookies, pecans or graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press mixture into bottom of a pie plate. Bake until golden brown and toasted, 5 minutes,  cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin purée, remaining softened butter, cream cheese, vanilla, spices and salt using a flat bar in a heavy duty electric mixer, until smooth.  Add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time. Continue beating until smooth and creamy. Using a spatula, pour filling mixture spreading it out evenly over the crust. Cover and chill until set, about 6 hours, or overnight. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar as a garnish.

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