Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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This is among my “favorite desserts ever” : Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe.

If you’re a lover of cheesecake- any kind of cheesecake- then you’ll love this one for Thanksgiving or any other special fall event!

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I have never been a humongous fan of pumpkin pie.  At Thanksgiving, it’s the last dessert I’ll reach for… and if it’s the only option available, I’ll usually pass.  But Pumpkin Cheesecake!!!  That’s a whole different story.

Cheesecake is my passion.  It’s my thing.  It’s my forever craving!  If it’s on the dessert menu at a restaurant, I can’t resist trying it!  So Pumpkin Cheesecake is a big draw for me, for sure.

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This pumpkin cheesecake recipe turns out a very creamy and delicious dessert.  You’ll find that it’s crazy good, especially if you’re an overly obsessive cheesecake lover like me!!  The gingersnap crust is the perfect pairing with the pumpkin cheesecake.

Eating just one piece will never be an acceptable option for the ultimate cheesecake lover.  This cheesecake is that good!

Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe - RecipeGirl.com

I tried to have just one slice of this one.  I really, really tried.  But I totally failed.  It was too good.  I kept digging in and sampling until the entire dessert was gone.  At least it took a few days to demolish.  And now I’m currently paying for it by spending extra hours on the treadmill.  The truth:  it was worth it 🙂

Oh, and a little tip for the cheesecake baker:  you can bake this one with a water bath underneath the cheesecake, which will help avoid “cracking” the surface of the cheesecake while baking.  But if you’re not into doing that and your cheesecake develops a crack on top… just spread some homemade whipped cream on top of the cheesecake and you’re all set.  No one will know!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour + chill time



  • 1 1/4 cups fine gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted


  • Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • One 16-ounce can pure pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, chilled
  1. Prepare crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cookie crumbs and butter in a bowl and pat the crumb mixture over the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
  2. Prepare filling: Combine cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer at medium speed until smooth and fluffy, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add pumpkin to the cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Spread the pumpkin mixture over the baked crust layer.
  3. Bake for 1 hour or until the cheesecake tests done (doesn't jiggle in middle when shaken). Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Chill, covered, for 3 hours but no longer than 48 hours. Run a sharp knife around edge of cheesecake and remove the sides.
  4. Beat whipping cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream. If your cheesecake cracked during baking (likely), just spread the whipped cream over the top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
  • I find that the only way to get really fine gingersnap crumbs is to either use a food processor or a really powerful blender (like a BlendTec).
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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  • Jules wrote:

    What’s difference between baking with water bath and without? 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Risk of cracking if you don’t use a water bath. Doesn’t always happen… but it might. I don’t worry about it too much since I usually cover the top with whipped cream.

  • Linda Andrus wrote:

    Made this last Thanksgiving and it will definitely be on the table again this year!! It was delicious! Everyone raved about it…

  • pattystaley wrote:

    Do you bake this in a water bath?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      For this, I did not… and I did get a small crack on top- easily fixed with whipped cream topping!

  • Faithe wrote:

    This looks fantastic! I am hoping to make cheesecake bars for my office in a 13×9 pan. Other than baking the cake at 325 instead of 350, do you think I would need to modify anything else in the recipe?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m afraid I don’t know… I’ve never baked this in anything other than a cheesecake pan!

  • Laurie wrote:

    Can you use real pumpkin instead of Can ?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Edith wrote:

    Have it in oven baking now.It was easy to make..smells great baking..Can not wait to taste

  • Shelley B. wrote:

    Made this today and it came out perfect! It was outrageously delicious!

  • Rachel wrote:

    In the oven right now for Thanksgiving. It was simple to assemble and smells divine! Your recipes never let me down Lori!

  • Nadin wrote:

    I’ve never cooked cheesecake, but I’d like to try. Please, somebody tell me what cream cheese is good for it? Can I use Mascarpone? Or what else?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      cream cheese is sold in block form in the US. That’s what you’re looking for.

  • Alex wrote:

    Thanks for sharing. I must try

  • marcie wrote:

    It really doesn’t get much better than this, Lori! This cheesecake is gorgeous, and I love that gingersnap crust! Pinning. 🙂

  • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes wrote:

    Yummy! I think I just found one of our Thanksgiving desserts! 🙂