Make this No-Bake Cheesecake for Thanksgiving this year!  Your guests will love the creamy Brown Sugar filling, and the Gingersnap Crust and Spiced Pear Cranberry topping will steal the show!  Easy, Make-Ahead Recipe.

2835squareHave you started thinking about Thanksgiving yet?  It will be here before we know it!

Today, I’m teaming up with a few of my blogger friends to bring you a whole Thanksgiving menu, right at your fingertips.  I brought dessert (duh!), but there’s a recipe for everything and everyone here, so stick around til the end of the post for tons of yummy inspiration!

All the recipes you need to plan your Thanksgiving menu!

So, are you hosting this year or what?  I have hosted so many Thanksgiving dinners over the last few years, I’ve seriously lost count.  I want to say I’ve done it every year for the last like 5 years but I could just be delirious from fatigue.  Our first year in this house, I thought it might be fun to use the bone china that was gifted to us by Mr. Allie’s grandmother.  Um, not fun.  Not fun at all actually.  Kind of the opposite of fun.  Turns out every piece needed to be hand washed (in addition to all the pots and pans and serving platters), and I was a nervous wreck the whole time thinking something would get broken and Grandmom would never forgive me.

As much as I love the cooking part, hosting Thanksgiving dinner can get a little overwhelming.  There’s a lot to put on the table all at one time.  There’s a lot of prep, and a lot of cleanup, so if you can take a shortcut (like disposable pans!) I highly recommend doing that.

Whether you’re hosting yourself, or just helping out by bringing dessert, I have a perfect recipe for you.

Perfect Thanksgiving dessert!  No-bake brown sugar cheesecake with gingersnap crust & spiced pear filling.  Easy as can be!

These are adorable, seasonal, and they whip up in a matter of moments.  You can make them ahead and stash them in the fridge.  Throw them on a tray with a handful of spoons, and let everybody have at ’em.  When the jars are empty, just pop them in the dishwasher.  That’s quite a few less bone china dessert plates to wash, and your heart will thank you for sparing it from repeated bouts of palpitations.

Perfect Thanksgiving dessert!  No-bake brown sugar cheesecake with gingersnap crust & spiced pear filling.  Easy as can be!

The topping is really the star of the show here, and it’s nothing more than a few pears cooked with in butter with lemon and ginger.  And cranberries of course.  It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberries 😉

Let that cool while you layer the jars with crushed gingersnaps and the luscious brown sugar cheesecake filling.

Perfect Thanksgiving dessert!  No-bake brown sugar cheesecake with gingersnap crust & spiced pear filling.  Easy as can be!

The topping is so full of bright and spicy flavor, and then the cool, creamy cheesecake just balances it all right out.  Make sure you get your spoon all the way to the bottom so you get a little of that crunchy gingersnap crust in every bite!

Perfect Thanksgiving dessert!  No-bake brown sugar cheesecake with gingersnap crust & spiced pear filling.  Easy as can be!

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No-Bake Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Spiced Pears

Make this No-Bake Cheesecake for Thanksgiving this year! Your guests will love the creamy Brown Sugar filling, and the Gingersnap Crust and Spiced Pear Cranberry topping will steal the show! Easy, Make-Ahead Recipe.


Serves serves 4 (doubles easily)     adjust servings

Ingredients

    For the Spiced Pear Topping

    • 2 fresh pears (choose a firm variety such as Bartlett or D'Anjou)
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • Zest of half a lemon

    For the Brown Sugar Cheesecake

    • 3/4 cup gingersnap crumbs (about 9 cookies ground in the food processor)
    • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
    • 1 cup heavy cream, cold

    Instructions

    1. To Make the Spiced Pear Topping:

      1. Peel and core the pears, and dice into 1/2-inch pieces.
      2. Heat a small skillet with the butter. Add the pears, cranberries, sugar, ginger, and lemon zest, and cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the pears are softened slightly and the cranberries are just beginning to burst. Cool completely.

      To Make the Brown Sugar Cheesecake:

      1. Divide the gingersnap crumbs equally between 4 small jars.
      2. Place the cream cheese and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream together until fluffy.
      3. Using the whip attachment, slowly drizzle the cold cream in while whipping on medium speed. When all the cream has been added, turn the speed up to medium-high and whip until the mixture holds firm peaks.
      4. Layer the mixture over the gingersnap crumbs, and top with Spiced Pear Topping.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 708kcal Calories from fat 452
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 50g77%
    Saturated Fat 29g145%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 162mg54%
    Sodium 311mg13%
    Carbohydrate 64g21%
    Dietary Fiber 4g16%
    Sugars 35g
    Protein 6g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    Perfect Thanksgiving dessert!  No-bake brown sugar cheesecake with gingersnap crust & spiced pear filling.  Easy as can be!

    If you’ve got a big crowd to feed and you really want to cut down on the cleanup, this could also be served in one big bowl or trifle dish, parfait style.  Your guests will be all over it!

    Sadly, one cannot live on dessert alone.  So be sure to check out the rest of this fabulous Thanksgiving menu!

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    Turkey Soup | Carmel Moments
    Cranberry Stuffed Turkey | Thoughts from Alice

    Vegetables
    25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

    Cauliflower Gratin | Love Grows Wild
    Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole | Five Heart Home
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    Sautéed French Green Beans | Cherished Bliss

    Potatoes
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    Cheesy Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes | Cherished Bliss

    Sides & Breads
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    Harvest Grain Rolls | Heather’s French Press
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    Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread | Five Heart Home
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    Pies
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    Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie | Cooking with Curls
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    Desserts
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     I told you this’d be a one stop Thanksgiving shop!  Now I want to extend a very special thank you to Samantha of Five Heart Home and Ashley & Audra of Cherished Bliss, for putting this blog hop together and inviting me to be a part.

    I hope you guys enjoy!

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