Candy corn is to Halloween what turkey is to Thanksgiving -- it's a colorful, celebratory symbol of one of the most joyful holidays of the year. But it isn't as common an ingredient as pumpkin, of course, and it isn't every day that you come across a cool, kid-friendly recipe that incorporates candy corn in such an artful, interesting way. So when I came across this Candy Corn Cheesecake recipe from the blog I Heart Naptime, I knew it needed to be shared with the world.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this recipe, other than the fact that it works best served in a jar with whipped cream, is that it requires nine ingredients -- most of which you probably already have in your cupboard or fridge -- but it looks a whole lot more complicated to make than that. Whether you're planning a big Halloween bash or just want to surprise your family with a seasonal after-dinner treat that will light up their faces, Candy Corn Cheesecake is a unique and yummy dessert to add to your holiday recipe list. It also makes a cute gift idea for friends or your child's teacher -- just wrap an orange or yellow ribbon around the top of the jar!
Candy Corn Cheesecake
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 8 ounces Cool Whip, softened
- Orange and yellow food coloring
- Candy corn (optional)
1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Place 2 tablespoons of crumbs in each jar. You can use half pint jars and they will work well. Press firmly down with a spoon. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Beat cream cheese until smooth, add 1/3 cup of sugar, and mix well. Next add vanilla and sour cream. Mix well. Then fold in the Cool Whip. Separate topping into two bowls. Add orange food coloring in one and yellow in the other. Spoon the yellow cheesecake into the jars and then layer the orange topping next. For extra candy corn oomph, you can add candy corn pieces between layers. Then refrigerate for 2 hours.
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