Thursday, November 14, 2013

GINGERSNAP PUMPKIN DESSERT

2 1/2 cups finely crushed gingersnaps
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 block (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
3 cups cold milk
2 pkgs (3.4-oz each) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (15-oz) solid pack pumpkin
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 cups whipped topping
Additional whipped topping for garnish, optional

In a small mixing bowl combine the crushed gingersnaps and butter; press into an ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.

In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons milk until fluffy; spread over the cooled crust.

In another mixing bowl, beat the milk and pudding mix together for 1 minute.  Add the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice; beat until well blended. Fold in the whipped topping and spread the mixture over the cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate dessert for at least 3 hours.

To serve, cut dessert into squares and garnish with whipped cream, if desired.  Dust lightly with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, if desired.



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