Get ready for a pumpkin cheesecake that will be the most reached for dessert this holiday season! This pumpkin cheesecake is the best of both worlds: Pumpkin pie and cheesecake! And the combination is a light and fluffy dessert that is the perfect ending to a holiday meal!
Although we make this in a spring form pan, you can still make it using a sheet pan, and cut it into bars. In fact, last time Bruce made this, he doubled the recipe and we made some cute little mini pumpkin cheesecakes in Le Crueset mini cocettes. For sure that was cuteness overload!
Clearly during the holidays you want to try and make as many desserts ahead of time. For this reason, you may want to make this pumpkin cheesecake a few days before. There is no crust to get soggy, or fruit to get watery. The only thing you need to worry about is if someone finds this cheesecake and decides to devour it ahead of time!
Oh, and hey, if you have some OREO cheesecake lovers over at your house, take a look at Bruce’s Oreo Cheesecake!
Ingredients for the Crust
- 45 Gingersnap cookies
- 9 tbls butter melted
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
Ingredients for the Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 5 8 oz packages cream cheese softened
- 2 ¼ cups sugar
- 1 9 oz can of pumpkin
- 6 eggs
- 2 ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbls flour
Preheat oven to 350. Cover the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan with aluminum foil.
Pulse the gingersnaps in a food processor until no large pieces remain. Add the cinnamon and ginger and pulse a few more times. Pour in the butter while the processor is running and mix until blended. Press the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan and up the sides. Bake until golden brown about 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
Heat a pan of water to boil. Beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, making sure no lumps appear. Mix in sugar until well blended. Add the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Mix until well blended. Add in the eggs one at a time until just blended. Mix in vanilla. Stir in flour until just blended. Pour the filling into the springform pan. Place the boiling water into a baking dish.
Place the pan with the boiling water on the rack under the cheesecake and bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Bake until the middle has just a slight wiggle to it. Turn the oven off and open the oven door slightly. Leave the cake in the oven for 45 minutes, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack. When cake is completely cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.