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Delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Your Family will Love

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If you’re a fan of cheesecake and pumpkin, you will love this pumpkin cheesecake. Baked from scratch, it takes a little more effort, but it is so worth it! The perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving meal or fancy Sunday dinner.

pumpkin cheesecake

 

This pumpkin cheesecake recipe is one of our go-to desserts for holiday meals. My family asks for it every year and it is always delicious!  I found the recipe years ago – before I ever even heard about blogs. I used to subscribe to a free email service called Menus for Moms and one year they sent me their Thanksgiving Menu.

Since I love cheesecake, I made it right away and it quickly became a family favorite. I make it almost every year. Cheesecake really isn’t that hard to make. It looks a bit intimidating, but it really isn’t. If you’ve never made a cheesecake – you should try! You will need a Springform Panblank  – but that’s the only special equipment needed.

pumpkin cheesecake

Delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Your Family will Love

The recipe I’m sharing with you is adapted from one of the Menus for Moms recipes. I looked online for that menu but I couldn’t find it. Menus for Moms has changed to a paid subscription since I used to get their weekly menus, but I want to give them proper credit for this recipe. πŸ™‚

Let’s make the pumpkin cheesecake crust

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Also grease your springform pan. I’ve also read that greasing the pan can prevent your cheesecake from cracking and I’m excited to find out if that’s true. But back to the crust – Crush up graham crackers in your food processor or blender. You could put them in a bag and use a rolling pin, but that’s too much work for me. πŸ™‚ Then mix in the sugar and butter.

mix graham crackers sugar, butter for cheesecake crust (1)Press the graham cracker crust on the bottom of your greased pan and about 2/3 of the way upside. Then bake for 5 minutes and let it cool while you prepare the filling.

pumpkin cheesecake crust ready for oven (1)

Now it’s time for the cheesecake batter

Beat cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until fluffy. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, and spices. Beat only until mixed. You don’t want to over-mix cheesecake batter as it adds air bubbles which have been blamed on cracks. Pour batter into your crust and bake for 60-70 minutes.

pour batter into baked crust (1)

Tips for Baking Cheesecakes

Baking cheesecakes can be a little tricky. I add a pan of water under the cheesecake to help reduce cracks. I also move all racks to the bottom of the oven. You want the center of the cheesecake to be just set – it’s kind of hard to tell, but your finger shouldn’t go through the middle of the cheesecake if it’s cooked properly. Be careful that you don’t over bake it!

Let your cheesecake cool completely before you take off the springform pan. After it has come to room temperature, put it in the fridge (still with the ring attached). Leave it there for 24 hours before taking off that ring and make sure you run a knife around the outside before releasing it so your cheesecake looks prettier than mine. I used to stress about cheesecake cracks. Now I just cover them up so you can’t see them and run with it. πŸ™‚

pumpkin cheesecake

I decorated this cake with real whipped cream and chopped pecans. So, I’m not a super good decorator, but hey. It tastes delish! Learn from my mistakes – grease that pan and run the knife around the edge before you release and YOURS will be much prettier. πŸ™‚

Yield: 12 slices

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

pumpkin cheesecake

A decadent baked cheesecake perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime you need a pumpkin flavored dessert.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

To Decorate

  • 1-2 cups whipped cream
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9" springform pan.
  2. Mix the crust and press it 2/3 up the pan.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes and let cool.
  4. Combine sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla and mix until fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, pumpkin, and spices and stir until combined. Don't over mix.
  6. Pour the filling in the crust and bake for 60-70 minutes until the center is set. Be careful not to over or under cook.
  7. Remove cheesecake from oven and cool to room temperature.
  8. Chill in the fridge for up to 24 hours before releasing the pan ring.
  9. Decorate to your liking and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 4g

Nutritional data is not always correct.

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

Comments

  1. blankAnita L says

    I’ve never attempted a cheese cake from scratch, but it really does not sound that difficult. 24 total ounces of cream cheese is like WOW…. must be tons of calories!! Thank you for sharing!

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