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Pumpkin Cheesecake (no water bath)

Elevate your Thanksgiving meal by combining pumpkin pie and the silky texture of cheesecake to get this creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe.
Course Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Prep Time 9 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 494kcal
Cost $15

Equipment

  • 9" Springform Pan

Ingredients

For the Graham Cracker Crust:

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 32 ounces cream cheese at room temperature (4-8 oz. packages); Philadelphia brand preferred
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin Libby's brand preferred
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • any desired cheesecake toppings

Instructions

  • Place oven racks in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium sized bowl, stir graham cracker crumbs together with sugar and melted butter until well incorporated and mixture looks like damp sand. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press crust into the bottom and half way up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 7 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
    graham cracker crust in a springform pan
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix cream cheese 30 seconds until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and add in granulated sugar. Stir until smooth.
    cream cheese mixed with sugar and brown sugar in a metal bowl and on the mixing attachment
  • Stir in vanilla, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl and mix again to ensure the cheesecake batter is getting evenly mixed.
    adding pumpkin, flour, vanilla and spices to cream cheese mixture all in a metal bowl
  • Crack eggs into a liquid measuring cup and using a fork, beat until well scrambled. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the eggs into the cream cheese mixture and stop stirring once egg has been incorporated. Remove bowl from mixer and scrape the sides and bottom again, ensuring the entire mixture is smooth. If there are a few small lumps, try to fold in using the rubber scraper.
    four eggs mixed in a measuring cup
  • Once the batter is completely smooth and ready, tap the bowl on the counter for 30-45 seconds to remove as many air bubbles as possible. You should see them popping on the surface as you tap the bowl. Pour filling into the center of the graham cracker crust and gently smooth the top. Will be very full!
    pumpkin cheesecake batter in a graham cracker crust all in a springform pan
  • Bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees. Reduce temperature to 250 degrees and continue cooking for 45 minutes more. Once this time has elapsed, turn oven off and keep cheesecake inside for another 30 minutes for some carryover cooking without opening the oven door. Crack oven door to let cheesecake cool slowly for one hour before removing. At this point, cheesecake should be slightly warm. Bring cheesecake to room temperature on the counter (3-4 hours) before covering with plastic wrap and transferring to the fridge.
  • Refrigerate until chilled completely (6 hours to overnight). To serve, open springform pan and remove collar. Decorate as desired. 
    Dip a sharp knife into hot water, wipe off any excess water and slice. I like to dip my knife in water between each slice to get really clean-looking pieces.
    pumpkin cheesecake with a slice missing

Notes

*If you'd like to substitute gingersnap cookies for graham cracker crumbs, grind up cookies using a food processor or blender to create crumbs. Measure out 2 cups and stir with 6 tablespoons melted butter. (You do not need to add any granulated sugar). Press into springform pan and bake as directed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 4459IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg