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Best Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Our Best Pumpkin Cheesecake is better than Cheesecake Factory. Rich, dense, and high.  Creamy, smooth, and satiny.  Thick gingersnap crust. The flavors of fall spices, pumpkin, and cream cheese meld together like no other.

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Best Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap crust

The upcoming holidays are making their way to the forefront of people’s minds and plans. Busy season, celebratory season…that time of year is just around the corner.

Not wanting to get overly caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday fanfare, I’ve made an effort in recent years to slow down enough to truly enjoy the beautiful holiday season.

Many of my friends have taken to Facebook to share a piece of gratitude each day of November, in honor of Thanksgiving.  I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon, but I have been knuckling down to being present in the moments.  And noticing the blessings in the moments.

Not that I’ve been altogether successful, because I’m not naturally slow and unhurried. Like most of you, I wear many hats, including pumpkin cheesecake recipe maker.

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Thanksgiving around the corner

I’m indescribably thankful to have read (and re-read) my favorite book that’s perfect for November: One Thousand Gifts. There’s a reason there are that many reviews for it. It’s written by NY Times Bestseller by Ann Voskamp, who also authors the inspirational blog, A Holy Experience. I’m now reading her second book, The Broken Way.

And no, this is not an advertisement or anything sponsored.  I just can’t possibly stroll through Thanksgiving season without sharing what I’m reading and loving this month with you.

Um…and eating too. 😋 Let’s dive into the best pumpkin cheesecake recipe you’ll ever need or want. It’s adapted from an old Bon Apetit recipe I saved in my files years ago. Once you taste this, you’ll discover that Cheesecake Factory’s pumpkin cheesecake recipe isn’t nearly as delicious as the one you made yourself.

This is truly a New York style pumpkin cheesecake recipe that’s worth every single bite.

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By New York style pumpkin cheesecake, we mean: gloriously rich, dense, and high.

Creamy, smooth, and satiny.  Thick gingersnap crust. The flavors of fall spices, pumpkin, and cream cheese meld together like no other.

Please don’t forget the stabilized whipped cream that guarantees your whipped cream won’t get watery and lose shape while waiting to be gobbled up.

Happy November 🙂

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New York Style Pumpkin Cheesecake

5 from 4 reviews

Every bit as good or better than Cheesecake Factory’s seasonal pumpkin cheesecake. NY style Pumpkin Cheesecake that’s high, dense, rich, and full of the best fall flavors. On top of a gingersnap crust. Seriously. Give it 24 hours to chill.

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Yield: 14 1x

Ingredients

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  • For the Crust:
  • 1 (12 oz) box of crispy gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 4 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 (15oz) can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Optional chopped pecans for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack in center.
  2. Using a food processor (or heavy duty blender or freezer bag and rolling pin,) crush all gingersnaps until they are fine crumbs. In bowl, drizzle melted butter into the cookie crumbs, and mix until it begins to stick together. Grease the bottom of 10-inch springform pan. Press crust mixture into the bottom of pan and bake for 9 minutes. Let cool on rack. Grease the sides of pan.
  3. Place large pan of very hot water on lowest rack in oven, and drop oven temp to 225F.
  4. Using paddle attachment of stand mixer, mix softened cream cheese on medium until it is smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs on low, 1 at a time, just until incorporated.
  5. Add pumpkin and remaining ingredients. Beat just until incorporated and smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
  6. Place cheesecake pan on a large baking sheet and bake at 225F on center rack, about 4 to 4 1/2 hours, or until filling is softly set and golden brown. Center will still jiggle, but edges should be slightly puffed and somewhat set. Turn oven off. Crack oven open a bit (I use a spatula to prop open just a bit) and let cheesecake cool at least 2 hours in the oven (I often let it cool in cracked oven even longer, until it is almost room temp.) Place on wire rack and let cheesecake cool to room temp. (This gradual baking method prevents cracking/sinking on top.)
  7. Cover and let it completely chill in fridge overnight or 24 hours.
  8. Gently run a thin plastic knife around sides of cheesecake to loosen from pan. Release sides of springform, place cheesecake on serving platter, and serve chilled.

Notes

If you need a faster baking method, you can bake at 350F for about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Still let it cool in the oven with door ajar for at least 1 hour before removing. Let cool on wire rack to room temp. Then cover and completely chill in fridge overnight or 24 hours before serving. Cheesecake may always crack or sink a bit with the higher baking temp.

Cheesecake may be fully prepared up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep covered and chilled in fridge until ready to eat! You can even pipe stabilized whipped cream prettily on top and keep it covered/chilled without worrying about a whipped cream melt down. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 293
  • Sugar: 26.5 g
  • Sodium: 102.4 mg
  • Fat: 18.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.3 g
  • Protein: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 71.7 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin cheesecake

P.S.  Don’t forget Stabilized Whipped Cream – no more runny, temperature-sensitive whipped cream!

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144 comments

    • Donna K.

    Love, love, love this cheesecake! Made homemade whip cream and my company loved it. At first they were skeptical of the ginger snap crust saying they don’t like the cookies but actually said it tasted good with this cheesecake.

    • David Miller

    The post was really nice and amazing to read. Thanks a lot for sharing it!

    • Pulkit Nagar

    it’s Really amazing post. keep posting..

    • Summer Garner

    I personally like your article and thumbs up to you for sharing!

    • Meredith

    Very delicious! Easy to follow recipe. I am a beginner cook but found this recipe easily to read and was able to successfully make. Didn’t look exact but again I am a beginner and still learning.

    • Angie

    Hi.

    Will an 8 in pan work?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, just plan to bake longer due to thickness. Enjoy!!

    • Jessica Cardenas

    Hi,
    Am I placing the cheesecake into the water bath or above the pan of water?
    In the past, majority of my cheesecakes are placed into a water bath so this method is a bit confusing to me. Please clarify, thank you so much!

      • chewoutloud

      Jessica, we place a separate pan of water on the rack underneath the cheesecake rack; that way, there’s no worrying about water bath accidentally seeping into cheesecake, and it still provides humidity in the oven. Hope you guys love this! 🙂

    • Rhonda

    Hi, my family loves this cheesecake. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for time and temp for 4.6in cheesecakes.

    • Ja

    What did you sprinkle on top of cheesecake and whipped cream? Pumpkin spice or what ?

      • chewoutloud

      It’s just a light dusting of cinnamon 🙂 But pumpkin spice sounds great, too! Happy baking! 🙂

    • Maartje van Sandwijk

    This looks so delicious! Do you have any tips on how to make it vegan? ^^

    • Christopher Mitchell

    Well, you stole my heart with the title, and then I saw the pictures and read the recipe and I was even more sold. I think things have gotten a bit wild with the pumpkin spice stuff, but I am all for this!

      • chewoutloud

      It’s one of my favorite desserts, for real. Back to the basics 🙂

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