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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crusts (in 4 oz mason jars)

I combined a few recipes for this little dessert that I made for Teacher Appreciation lunch.  

1 1/2 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
1/4 butter, melted
4 packages (8 oz) cream cheese softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tbs cornstarch
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, room temp
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 325.

Blend the cookie crumbs and melted butter in a bowl.  Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of the crumbs into each mason jar and tamp down to make the crust (I used a part of my apple corer)

For the filling beat one package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and cornstarch until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Then beat in the remaining cream cheese one package at a time until smooth.  Add remaining sugar, vanilla, pumpkin and spices.  Add eggs one at a time and beat on low speed until combined.

Divide filling among the 24 jars.

Place jars into a roasting pan and add hot water until it reaches about 1/2 way up the jars.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove jars with tongs and place on a wire rack to cool.

When cool, add lids and bands and place in the fridge.

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