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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake
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  • 6 ounces gingersnaps (about 22)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • nonstick cooking spray, for the sides of the pan
  • 4 8-ounce bars cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar


  1. Heat oven to 325° F. In a food processor, pulse the gingersnaps until fine crumbs form (you should have about 1 cup). Add the butter and pulse to combine. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan (preferably nonstick), using a straight-sided dry measuring cup to help. Spray the sides of the pan lightly with the cooking spray. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and brown sugar on medium until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the flour, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and salt and beat to combine. Add the pumpkin and beat to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until set but still slightly wobbly in the center, 1¼ to 1¾ hours. (Tent loosely with foil if the top becomes too dark.)
  3. Let cool completely in the pan, then refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen, then unmold.
  4. Just before serving, using an electric mixer, beat the cream, sour cream, and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Dollop on the cheesecake and dust with cinnamon.
By November, 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 480
  • Fat 34g
  • Sat Fat 20g
  • Cholesterol 158mg
  • Sodium 366mg
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrate 38g
  • Sugar 30g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Iron 2mg
  • Calcium 55mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

Cinnamon stick and ground cinnamon
The cheesecake can be baked up to 2 days in advance (do not top with the sour cream mixture); refrigerate, covered. On Thanksgiving Day: Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. Make the sour cream mixture, dollop it on the cheesecake, and dust with cinnamon just before serving.

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