Baby Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Baby Pumpkin Cheesecakes

12 gingersnap cookies
2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins and place a gingersnap in the base of each tin.

Beat the ricotta cheese until smooth then add the pumpkin puree and brown sugar. Mix until smooth. Beat in the remaining ingredients until light and fluffy. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups.

Bake for 20 minutes, turn off the oven, and let the cheesecakes sit undisturbed for one hour. Do not peek or open the oven door during or after baking. Let the cheesecakes cool to room temperature. Chill for at least four hours or overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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