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Cheesecake Caramel Pumpkin Cups

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies pressed into cups holding caramel sauce and cheesecake buttercream! Delicious, impressive, and perfect for Fall!
 I’m all about cookie cups lately. Can’t stop making them.
Don’t know why I’d want to anyhow. They’re absolutely fantastic!
Quick. Easy. Bite sized. And it’s a cookie + frosting– which I’m always a fan of.
This particular cookie cup combines some of my very favorite fall flavors: cheesecake, caramel, pumpkin, and chocolate chips :)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies pressed into cups holding caramel sauce and cheesecake buttercream! Delicious, impressive, and perfect for Fall!

You will need:

  • 1 recipe Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (follows)
  • 1 recipe Cheesecake Buttercream (follows)
  • Prepared or store bought caramel sauce
  • Chopped Pecans (optional)
  • Mini Muffin Tin

Cheesecake Caramel Pumpkin Cups


    For the Pumpkin Cookies:
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the Cheesecake Buttercream:
  • 8 oz. regular cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c. butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 c. confectioners sugar (more or less for desired consistency)


    For the Pumpkin Cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a miniature muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin puree. Mix in the egg.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop 1 tbsp into each cup of the miniature muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Immediately upon removing from oven, use the back of a tablespoon to press the top of the cookies in, forming a cup. Let cool completely in the muffin tin before removing.
  7. For the Cheesecake Buttercream:
  8. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  9. Add one cup of confectioners sugar and the vanilla and mix until smooth.
  10. Add one cup of the confectioners sugar and the sour cream and mix until smooth.
  11. Add one cup of the confectioners sugar and the lemon juice and mix until smooth.
  12. Add one cup of the confectioners sugar and mix until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add 1 tbsp of milk to thin it some.
  13. Assembly:
  14. Fill each cup with a teaspoon of caramel sauce.
  15. Pipe the cheesecake buttercream on top of the caramel sauce.
  16. Garnish with pecans if desired.

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>>Note: I decided to re-photograph these on 9/12/2014 (whew! thank goodness for some improvement in that department!); but since over 1k readers had already pinned these, I didn’t want to delete these photos (which would break the links to all those pins). So for your viewing pleasure (or misfortune, rather) here are the original photos from this post…

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

48 comments on “Cheesecake Caramel Pumpkin Cups”

  1. Wow, they look delicious! (visiting from Making the World Cuter)

  2. Man, pumpkin and cheescake. How can you go wrong with that combo? Sounds yummy!

  3. Those look fabulous! I love anything pumpkin or cheesecake flavor. My problem will be only eating one so I don’t completely mess up my diet.

  4. droooool…. ugh… they look divine! those yummers on definitely going on my to bake list!

  5. Holy cow these are all kinds of deliciousness!

  6. UGHHHH!!! SO.DARN.YUMMY!! Bye bye Weight Watchers ;P

    I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party!

  7. Oh my! This sounds like a totally yummy recipe. TFS!

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  8. OMG, awesome. This sounds delish and I can’t wait to try them. I can almost feel the pain of the extra workout, but it’ll be worth it! :)

  9. sound very yummy oh my what a way to dress up a dessert yummy

  10. I’m always a fan of quick, easy bites too. Thank you for sharing these at Joy of Desserts, Ashton. Have a great day. :-)

  11. Cheesecake, pumpkin and caramel in one dessert? Doesn’t seem fair to all the other desserts in the world! I would love to try this recipe.

  12. These look really tasty!

  13. I’m here from Running With Glitter’s link party! These cupcakes look insanely delicious. Pretty sure I’m going to have to try them out. Can’t wait to check out some of your other recipes!

  14. Oh my goodness! These look and sound incredible! Thanks so much for linking them up at Muffin Monday!

  15. These look amaaaazing! A great fall dessert/snack/mid afternoon pick me up!

  16. These look DIVINE! So cute too!

  17. Yum! DH and I don’t care for pumpkin pie, so I’m exploring other pumpkin options for this fall!

    My mom has a cookie cup maker appliance. She never uses it and I keep meaning to get it from her. But it bakes the dough (or once we did tortillas) into cup shapes. They’re great!

  18. That looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out :)

    The Farm Girl

  19. I love your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY tomorrow and share it with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  20. great idea!! glad i stopped by from the link party!

  21. MMMMMMMM. drooling a little here!

  22. Looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

  23. Quick, easy, and cheesecake…..my 3 favorite words! They look tasty.

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  25. Oh man, these look SO delicious!

  26. Those look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

  27. OMgoodness, I want to lick the monitor!

  28. Oh. my. heck. These look amazing! I’m bookmarking this recipe so that I can make them this weekend…;)

    I would love for you to link up to my Everything Halloween party starting this Sunday!



  29. Those look INCREDIBLE. So incredible I featured you on my blog today. :)

  30. Ok, now that I’m starving…lol…those look fantastic! Would you pretty please come link them to my pumpkin party?


  31. Wow…what a great recipe. I love it…and cannot wait to try it!

  32. wow! Looks yummy!

  33. These sound DELICIOUS!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-fall-ideas/

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  34. I love these!! I think I’ll make them for a fall get-together next weekend – thanks!

  35. Yummy! Pumpkin Choc. Chip cookies are my fave and this takes it to a new level!

    New follower, please follow back. Thanks :)


  36. I love all the pumpkin things I’m finding this season! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! Have a blessed week. See you next Sunday.

    Everyday Mom’s Meals

  37. Hey!
    Just wanted to let you know that over at createlive, we’re just finishing up a pumpkin recipe series called “The 12 Days of Pumpkins.” For the next few days, we’ll be hosting a link-up, featuring any recipes involving pumpkin, and will be choosing a good number of these recipes to have their own page (which can include your blog name and URL!) in a pumpkin cookbook! Just thought you might be interested in the additional press or being included in a cookbook – and this is a really great recipe! Find the link up here!
    Have a great one :)


  38. Oh My! These look over the moon good! Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. Looking forward to your Delicious addition this week. <3 and Hugs!

  39. These look AMAZING! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I am featuring your wonderful recipe at the party! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  40. Holy cow. I need one of these today! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  41. These look delicious. Caramel and cheesecake. MMM. Can’t wait to make them.

  42. Hey I’ll be featuring these tomorrow on my blog http://www.trilogyedibles.com for great pumpkin recipes from around the web!

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  45. I made these today and they turned out really great! Thank You!

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