Halloween Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes

In the spirit of the Halloween that I simply cannot wait for, I made some mini-cheesecakes with Halloween-themed Joe-joe’s (Trader Joes Oreos) inside of them. I actually made these on Saturday, but my weekend has been really busy, so I’m posting this now. These got RAVE reviews from both my family and the family across the street, who ate more than half the batch when they came over. I hardly changed the original recipe, and really just doubled it. Anyways, here it is. It should make 24 cheesecakes.

-Ingredients-
24 Halloween Joe-Joes (or Oreos)
3 crushed Halloween Joe-Joes (or Oreos)
16oz Cream Cheese (softened)
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Pureed Pumpkin
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (a little more if you want)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (plus a pinch or two)
4 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
2 pinch Sea Salt
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

-Directions-
Preheat the oven to 325F, and line 2 muffin tins with paper liners (24 paper liners total).
In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth, then add the vanilla, pumpkin, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and salt (basically everything) until it’s all well mixed.
Put a small spoonful of this mixture into the bottom of each paper liner, then press a Halloween Joe-Joe into the center of each, sinking it into the mixture.
Spoon the remaining mixture evenly over the Joe-Joes.
Put the two tins into the oven for about half an hour. (The original recipe said 20-25 min, but in my case that was not enough)
Remove the tins from the oven and let them cool for about ten minuets.
Take the cheesecakes out of the paper liners and put on a cooling rack.
Now microwave the chocolate chips until they are melted smoothly together (I did one minuet on power level 8, then stirred with a fork).
Put the chocolate in a freezer bag and cut off a small bit of the corner so you can frost with it.
Draw three concentric circles on top of each cheesecake with the chocolate, then drag a toothpick from the inside circle out (from the center out) to make the spiderweb pattern.
Eat them now, or refrigerate them until you’re ready to serve them. They’ll be delicious either way (I prefer them cool though).

Enjoy your Halloween-y treat. Or give it to your friends, because they love this stuff.

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