Pumpkin Cheesecake

My love of everything pumpkin really knows no bounds! I’m in charge of Thanksgiving dessert this year at my dad’s, so I am working on my baking game since my favorite eating day of the whole year is just around the corner. This pumpkin cheesecake is such a decadent and fantastic alternative to the more traditional pumpkin pie. I love it because it doesn’t need any work the day of, it can be made up to three days ahead of time and left alone until it is ready to be served.

The pumpkin cheesecake crust ready to bake!
I used ginger snaps for the crust because I thought the spice would cut through the richness of the cheesecake beautifully. After I mixed the crumbs with the rest of the ingredients, I pressed it into my well greased springform pan. Then the crust baked so that it set.
The gorgeous pumpkin cheesecake batter all put together.
While the crust baked and cooled, I made the simple and luscious batter for the pumpkin cheesecake. My handy, beloved stand mixer made the job easy. It had lots of pumpkin flavored cream cheese and warm spice to make it fall perfection.
The luscious pumpkin cheesecake cooling!
Then I poured the batter over the cooled crust and baked the pumpkin cheesecake for about an hour and fifteen minutes. The filling was set without getting over baked. I loved how it looked like shiny glass on top.

Before I released the pumpkin cheesecake from the pan, I let it cool for half an hour. Then it needed to chill for at least 3 hours before serving. It can be made up to 2 or 3 days ahead of time too! I still had leftover homemade salted caramel sauce in my refrigerator, so I decided to use it to top the pumpkin cheesecake when I was ready to serve. Jarred sauce works really well too, it’s such an amazing topping for this dessert. Hope you all love this decadent, fall dessert! xoxo

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 cake
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
For the crust
  • 20 whole ginger snap cookies
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted, plus additional butter for greasing
For the pumpkin cheesecake
  • 1 pound cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 pound pumpkin cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 can pumpkin puree 15 oz size
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 whole egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salted caramel sauce either homemade or jarred, as needed for topping
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Take a 9 inch springform pan and grease the bottom of it liberally with butter or shortening. Either in a food processor or by hand in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin, crush the ginger snap cookies into a fine crumb.
  2. Mix the ginger snap crumbs with the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and melted butter until it is like a uniform wet sand. Transfer the mixture to the prepared springform pan and press it very firmly into an even layer to form the crust. Bake the crust for 10 minutes to let it set. When it's done, take it out and set it aside. Reduce the oven heat to 325.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the luscious filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheeses, mascarpone cheese and pumpkin puree until they are thoroughly combined and fluffy. Add in the two sugars, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla and let them get completely stirred in. The eggs and yolk get stirred in next, then finally the flour until it is a smooth batter.
  4. Liberally grease the sides of the springform pan now with more butter so that the cheesecake doesn't stick to the sides. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and put the pan on a sheet tray with a big lip. Put the tray in the oven, then carefully pour water into the tray around the sprinform pan. This keeps the top of the cheesecake from cracking. Let the cheesecake bake for about an hour and fifteen minutes, until cooked through and set.
  5. When it's done, take it out and let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before releasing it from the springform pan. Let it cool for another 5-10 minutes before covering it and putting it in the refrigerator. Let the cheesecake chill for at least 3-4 hours before serving.
  6. When you are ready to serve, cut the cheesecake into the desired sized pieces and drizzle each piece with prepared salted caramel sauce. Enjoy this decadent alternative to pumpkin pie!

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