This Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake Is the Fall Dessert You've Been Dreaming of

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Think of this dessert as the best of both worlds. It's a delicious rendition of a Thanksgiving must: sweet, spiced pumpkin served up in cheesecake form, complete with a crunchy, buttery graham cracker crust. Serve it once and it's sure to become a holiday mainstay for years to come. Heads up that you'll need to remember to plan ahead, as the recipe requires at least two hours of chilling time. In a pinch, feel free to prep this creamy cake up to two days in advance (something we like to refer to as make-ahead magic).

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Use pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice for a double dose of autumn flavor. Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake. Photo: John Kernick
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Yield:
8 serves

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from 14 graham crackers)

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 1 .25-ounce envelope unflavored gelatin

  • 1 8-ounce bar cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Make the crust: Heat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan. Using a straight-sided dry measuring cup, press the mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of the pan. Bake until set, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Make the filling: Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup boiling water. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until dissolved, about 5 minutes.

  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin, sour cream, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Mix in the gelatin mixture until incorporated.

  4. Chill: Pour the mixture into the crust and refrigerate, covered, until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
29g Fat
44g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 6g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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