Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts Review & Recipe

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Pop-Tarts®.


Now that it's fall, what could be more perfect than pumpkin flavored foods. We've had our fair share, already, of pumpkin cake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced coffee, and now, Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts!

There were no objections around here when I asked my husband and kids if they'd be interested in sampling the new Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts and helping me with a few blog posts. Instead, they were all more than happy to help taste test the new flavor. We discovered that they go quite well with a good cup of coffee, but then came the question of using them in a recipe. What else could we do with Pop-Tarts?


Check out the layers, yum!

After running the gamut of ideas, it finally came to me. They have a lovely pumpkin flavor, they'd be the perfect crust for a cheesecake, as pumpkin cheesecake is simply divine. And not just any cheesecake, I knew I needed my mom's recipe for sour cream cheesecake. It's a very mild cheesecake, I didn't want my amazing pumpkin flavor overpowered in this.

The next question--how to make the crust? I debated crumbling a few Pop-Tarts, combing them with a bit of butter and pressing them into the pan, like a graham cracker crust. But, in the end, after testing out a few pans, I opted to lay them end to end to cover the whole bottom. I trimmed the edges off a few so they would lay flat, then used those edges to fill in a few gaps, perfect! The Pop-Tarts ended up making the perfect crust. They cut beautifully and each bite had a distinct pumpkin flavor to it. I now think we'll have to try this again with other flavors of Pop-Tarts, you could change the whole recipe by just choosing a different flavor, or as my kids suggested, you could use assorted flavors in one cheesecake--mystery crust!


Pouring the cheesecake over the crust! It worked really well.

Want the recipe? Trust me, you do!

CRUST
8 Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts

FILLING:
1 lb cream cheese
3 eggs
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

TOPPING
1 pint sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c sugar

Make crust by laying Pop-Tarts end to end in a 9x13 pan. Trim edges to fit if necessary and use extra pieces to fill in any gaps.
Soften cream cheese, then blend eggs one at a time into cream cheese.
Add sugar and vanilla, mix well.
Pour into crust and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes at room temp & 5 minutes in the refrigerator.
While cooling, beat together sour cream,vanilla and 1/4 c sugar.
Pour over top of partially baked cheesecake & bake 10 more minutes at 350 degrees.
Refrigerate at once.

It is best to leave overnight in the fridge if possible, it will set better.

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97 comments:

  1. I love pumpkin pie!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. I like Chocolate cream pie
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I love the chocolate and banana cream pies but this recipe might just be the new favorite this year!! Thanks for the idea!

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  4. looks yummy

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  5. Sweet potato pie is my favorite any time dessert.

    truthhole@gmail.com

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  6. I love cheesecake and pumpkin pie! I have a lot of Pumpkin pop tarts that we won't eat before Thanksgiving. I am supposed to bring dessert this year, and this is a FANTASTIC idea!! Why not combine two of the best desserts ever?!? Thank you so much for posting!!

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  7. I love pumpkin pie and boston cream pie and....Okay,I love sweets.
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  8. I love apple pie and pumpkin pie - with vanilla ice cream!

    melduke26 at gmail dot com

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  9. I would eat this with a smile on my face.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  10. I love Sweet Potato Pie but cannot wait to get to the store to get the Pumpkin Pop tarts! Going right now!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  11. Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/3202122812231681

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  12. I love cheesecake. I love pumpkin pie with cool whip. All kinds of pie.

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  13. I love my husband's pumpkin pie cake!

    avennett AT verizon DOT net

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  14. I would opt for apple-cranberry pie, or maybe chocolate pudding pie!

    Thanks :~)

    shankins123 AT hotmail DOT com

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  15. I think I am going to try your pop tart cheese cake this year. Thanks
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  16. I tweeted your giveaway
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  17. OOOH I LOVE your recipe! I love that its a great cheesecake / crusting ratio not too much rich cheesecake. = perfection.

    My favorite favorite dessert is... well... pumpkin cheesecake.. I like my cheesecake frozen. :) it's the perfect 'pick me up' :D hehe

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  18. 2nd ENTRY TWEET http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/3553054532042752 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  19. My favorite dessert is either Sweet Potato or Pumpkin pie.

    Lisa Q

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  20. I'm looking forward to pumpkin pie and pecan pi

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  21. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/3563206681305088

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  22. I love Sweet Potato pie.

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  23. Tweeted - http://twitter.com/Naddez/status/3624237315129344

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  24. Cranberry Yum Yum is my fave treat!

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  25. http://twitter.com/#!/PeveysGirl/status/3636496175202305

    tweeted

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  26. i like my sister's homemade cheesecake
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  27. Pumpkin pie!
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  28. tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/3706934737768449

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  29. tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/3832222587027456

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  30. My favorite is pumpkin pie, yum! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  31. I love love the pumpkin crisp that my family has instead of pumpkin pie.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  32. My husband's home made dairy-free pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin! (It was hard to make without using tofu, dairy, or coconut milk!)

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  33. it is pecan pie and sweet potato pudding
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  34. tweet
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  35. It has to be pumpkin pie!
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  36. Tweet.
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  37. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream! And your cheesecake recipe looks really yum!

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  38. What a clever cheesecake idea! I look forward to bread pudding :)
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  39. tweet!
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  40. I look forward to Pecan Pie!
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  41. Love trying new desserts. So fun to make and to eat. themoonmom@hotmail.com

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  42. my favorite thanksgiving desert is pumpkin pie...

    so i know i will love the pumpkin pop tarts- cant wait to try them.
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  43. Pie, of course! Pecan is tops with me!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  44. Pumpkin pie!!! Yes...I am a cliche! hahahaha If it helps, I get it at Whole Foods and its WONDERFUL!
    Angie
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  45. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/4590483091230721
    Angie
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  46. The only dessert we have for Thanksgiving is traditional pumpkin pie, which I love. But I also love my wife's chai sugar cookies that she make for Solstice!
    Scott
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  47. my tweet http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/4592444146454528
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  48. My fav. Thanksgiving dessert would be either the Chocolate Pies or the Pecan Pies
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  49. I tweeted
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  50. cheesecake is amazing! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  51. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/4771004702261248 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I love my mother's homemade apple pie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream

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  53. http://twitter.com/#!/TheCraveToSave/status/4813373342482432

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  54. Pumpkin Pie & Chocolate Cream Pie! Happy Holidays!

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  55. I LOVE LOVE LOVE good old fashioned Pumpkin Pie!

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  56. Pumpkin Pie is my favorite holiday treat.

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  57. tweet

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  58. Thanks for the recipe I will give it a try

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  59. my favorite holiday dessert is Egg Nog and Oreos, my fav!
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  60. I read the official rules.
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  61. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin pie with whipped cream and ice cream.

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  62. I tweeted http://twitter.com/rsmstahley/status/5795154707349504
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  63. Mine is the pecan pie

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  64. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is home-made blueberry pie.
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  65. I tweeted
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  66. Pumpkin pie cheesecake is the best!
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  67. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/5821863204753408
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  68. pumpkin cheesecake and red velvet cake!

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  69. I tweeted
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  70. my fav dessert on thanksgiving is chocolate pudding pie
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  71. Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream, awesome!

    bradley.g.murray(at)gmail.com

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  72. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is apple pie ala mode!

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  73. You bloggers are all so creative, I envy you. If it weren't for your recipes and would be just going with plain and boring.

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  74. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/6093723813281793

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  75. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is my mom's cheesecake! But my grandmother's pecan pie is a close, close second.

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  76. I do love a pumpkin roll. I love the creamy cream cheese spread. I always double the filling recipe when I make it.

    Pumpkin spice cookies also are really great. They are easy and they make the house smell soooooo holidayish (I think I just made a word up).

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  77. I have loved and will always love pumpkin pie! Apple is a close second though :)

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  78. It's a close race here for Pumpkin Pie and Raisin Pie! Raisin Pie has been handed down the line from my dad's side - I have my grandmother's hand written recipe!

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  79. I'm such a traditionalist, but pumpkin pie it must be!

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  80. Looks delicious! My favorite dessert is always cherry pie though!

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  81. ludikitten2 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Ooo I love pumpkin cheesecake! My sister make a carrot-cheesecake once (carrot cake on the top, cheesecake on the bottom.) Plus frosting. It was soooo good!

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  82. I love Pumpkin Cheesecakes and Pecan Pie!

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  83. WOW! What imagination! My favorite Thanksgiving treat is pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream!

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  84. My favorite holiday treat is definitely Pumpkin Pie! Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  85. I tweeted about your giveaway: http://twitter.com/codisweepstakes/status/7330799183466496 codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  86. I love apple pie
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  87. http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/7359457184976896
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  88. blogged: http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/giveaway-from-blogher-and-pop-tarts/
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  89. I like a little pumpkin pie with my whipped cream. Thanks for the contest.

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  90. http://twitter.com/slehan/status/7690751194435584

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  91. I absolutely love pumpkin rolls!
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  92. I enjoy sweet potato pie!

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