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These cupcakes are topped with meringue GHOSTS. They were made to look like ghosts for Halloween and nothing else. 

These pumpkin cheesecakes with biscoff crust have a ghost meringue top – perfect for Halloween!

I’ve mentioned to you before about the Core class I like to take at the gym. It’s taught by a woman from the planet SuperCore.

The class is really a good one, and I love the teacher. I keep going back even though she tries to kill me in new ways each week. Which is why, when she has a substitute, I’m often weary of who will be teaching.

Once, there was this lady. She had us do strange things with the large exercise ball. And after 25 minutes I had no sweat in strange places and my abs felt pain-free, thus rendering it the wasted 25 minutes I’d never get back.

The Queen of SuperCore has been out the past week and a half for her own wedding. So there’s been a sub. I skipped a few classes, but finally decided to give it a go last Thursday.

I was a little skeptical of the teacher at first. Although looking extremely buff and wearing a Boston Marathon shirt, she was very calm. But she turned out to be a very good sub. My abs wanted to murder her after 25 minutes, which, for me, is what rates a good core class.

There was one issue though. One little thing about gym classes I never really thought about.

She left the lights on during our workout. Full brightness, hello neighbor! I can see you really well! lights.

I mean, besides the obviousness of worrying about whether my shorts were riding up a little too much, having the lights on was…well, it was just plain weird.

At one point, sitting on the large exercise ball, doing crunches while trying not to vomit, I happened to cross eyes with a woman facing me. We both looked quickly away, almost embarrassed. Ashamed.

I spend the remainder of the class willing myself to look at my feet, lest I be caught in a cross-gaze with the man across the room.

Lights on in the gym classroom = just plain weird. Who knew?

Now, as much as I wanted to skip the class that day, I’m so glad I went. Because then I went home and made these.

And promptly ate three.

I {heart} pumpkin cheesecake. It’s smooth, creamy, and pure Fall on a plate. These cheesecakes were adapted from my friend Hayley (who is also doing ghosts today for Halloween week!) I misread her recipe and forgot to add the egg. I got worried, but it didn’t matter. They were super awesome. And I had some filling left over that I used as a dip…since it was egg-free.

I normally like to pair gingersnaps with pumpkin. I did that last year. And this year too. But this time I paired the pumpkin cheesecake with Biscoff Cookies.

Yes, I just said Biscoff Cookies. The stuff that Biscoff is made of. Those cookies are dangerous. I didn’t use the whole package…but I ended up eating the rest anyway. And paired with the pumpkin cheesecake these really do create a party in your mouth.

And let’s not forget the ghosts. They are made of fluffy meringue frosting. Super sweet and fluffy and GOOD.

I think these are my new favorite dessert.

Totally worth working out in a lighted room for.

Although that’s just really weird. There are just some things you need the lights off for, you know?

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Last Updated on May 12, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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78 Comments

  1. You and your crusts. I knew I liked you.

    And a BISCOFF crust at that!

  2. Lights on in the work out room is soooo not cool! But these little “boo” cheesecakes look adorable! I love the ghost on top!

  3. I work out at home and let Jillian Michaels kill me. I could work out in a bra and underwear and nobody would care!

  4. I go to the gym all the time and take a bunch of different types of classes, but the lights are always on. I would think it would be weird to have them off. 🙂 I guess all gyms are different. Super cute dessert by the way!

    1. LOL! Well, there’s lots of windows, so it’s more dim than dark. 🙂 Thanks for coming!

  5. These are adorable! I don’t think you can go wrong with pumpkin cheesecake and biscoff crust!

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