Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

When the first day of fall recently arrived at American Greetings, we did what we always do so well—we celebrated! This time it took the shape of a fun Fall Fest—food, cider, decorations, and all! Our Social Media Team wanted to share our fun with you by posting some “behind-the-scenes” photos on  Instagram that day:

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe from Maria Isabella

If you saw the post, you probably also noticed some lovely mini pumpkin cheesecakes on the right-hand side of the picture. So many of you commented on them that we asked our social media writing expert and resident baking maven, Maria Isabella, to share her mini pumpkin cheesecake recipe with you!

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe from Maria Isabella


Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe adapted from Pinch My Salt
Makes 12 servings

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 egg plus 1 egg white, slightly beaten
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves

1 cup heavy cream
Powdered sugar, to taste
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease a 12-cavity mini cheesecake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all crust ingredients until well combined. Divide evenly between the 12 cups. Press crumbs firmly on bottom and a third of the way up sides of each cup. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, blend all filling ingredients together until smooth. Spoon evenly into each crust-lined cup.
  4. Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool for 20 minutes. Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan. Let cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Just before serving, combine all topping ingredients in a chilled bowl. Whip until soft peaks form. Place a dollop on each cheesecake.

Enjoy and Happy Fall!

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In addition to writing for American Greetings, Maria is also a published, award-winning cookbook author. Her book, In The Kitchen With Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Kent State University Press. Follow her blog at


(Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Social Network With Our Fall Cover Photos

Fall Cover Photos
It’s here! It’s here! Fall is finally here!

As we dive head-first into our favorite fall festivities such as apple picking, crunching leaves and consuming pumpkin spice… well… EVERYTHING, we also wanted to take the opportunity to spice up our social networks with some beautiful fall cover photos for you to enjoy. No matter what social network you choose to engage with, make yours festive with this adorable background!

To save this image and upload it as your new social network Cover Photo:

1. Click the size you need from the list below .
2. Right click (ctrl + click on a Mac) on the image to save it to your computer.
3. Go to your profile and upload the image.
4. Select “make cover photo” from your image options.
4. Enjoy your new fall cover photo!

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Are you as excited as we are? What is your favorite thing about the fall season? Share in the comments below!


New Rosh Hashanah Traditions

New Traditions for Rosh Hashanah from

Rosh Hashanah is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends to celebrate old traditions, but if you’re looking to offer the holiday a fresh twist, check out some of the ideas below to help make your celebration just as sweet as the new year to come:

Throw a Symbolic Potluck

Invite your friends over and ask everyone to bring a dish that symbolizes something they hope for this year. For example, someone might cook entirely from local organic food, with intentions to pay greater attention to their relationships with the people and things closest to them.

Savor the Sweetness

Gather some family or friends and bake the traditional Challah bread. The way challah is braided and shaped has different symbolic meanings, so  each person could try their hand at a different shape. While the challah is baking, you can prepare an impressive display of apples and honey using carved out apples as individual honey pots.

Letters to Ourselves

Prior to your gathering, ask everyone to write a letter to their future selves. The letter should reflect on where they are now and where they want to be in half a year. Collect everyone’s letter as they arrive, and inform them that you will mail them their letters in six months. This is a wonderful way to get everyone to think about the year ahead and all they hope for themselves and others.

However you choose to celebrate, spending time with people you love is the most important part! Please be sure to send them our warmest wishes as you celebrate the High Holy Days.


Fall Wedding Wishes

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are just starting to change, which means Fall is about to make her grand entrance. The first day of Fall came last weekend on Saturday, September 22, and if you happened to be out celebrating a wedding that day, chances are it’s probably not the last wedding weekend of the season. Fall is quickly becoming the favorite time of year to say ” I do,” and it’s easy to see why. From rich and vibrant colors, to comfortable weather, the Autumn season brings with it endless opportunities for brides and wedding planners. We thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite Fall wedding trends we’ve seen recently…


– Peach and Blush tone wedding dresses. According to wedding expert Colin Cowie, “From naughty nudes to a deep, ripe shade of peach these new hues will warm up any skin tone and transform you into the ultimate blushing bride.”


– Texture, Texture, Texture – According to The Knot, the hottest trend in fall wedding flowers is lush, richly hued arrangements with lots of interesting texture. Instead of using just two or three types of blooms in your centerpieces, try a wide mix of flowers coordinated with your color scheme. Think berries, pods, and ferns.


Vintage and Rustic continue to take the cake! According to the fun wedding blog Delightfully Engaged, the eclectic style will be taken up a notch this Fall. DIY projects continue to be the perfect way to add  individualization and originality to any couple’s special day.