Pumpkin pie has nothing on this fall-flavored dessert. This easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe delivers the creamy, smooth, pumpkin flavor of your dreams!

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

This easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe delivers a creamy, smooth, pumpkin flavor of your dreams! Pumpkin pie has nothing on this fall-flavored dessert.

Seriously, the cheesecake is so phenomenally delicious that I don’t know that I will ever make pumpkin pie again!

Slice of pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream on a white plate.

Why You’ll Love This

My favorite thing about fall is all things pumpkin and apple cider! It just means warm and cozy is here!

  • This pumpkin dessert is full of pumpkin spice flavors wrapped up in a rich and creamy dessert.
  • It’s easy to make.
  • It’s fancy enough for guests, holiday parties, or gatherings of any kind.

Tips

  • Be sure the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs are at room temperature. Especially for baking cheesecakes.
  • Beat the cream cheese and sugars until completely smooth.
  • Bake in a water bath and leave that oven door closed for at least 45-60 minutes. These steps will ensure the top won’t crack.
  • Swap out the graham crackers for gingersnaps, biscoff, or even chocolate cookies.
  • Serve topped with whipped cream, toasted pecans, or even caramel sauce.

How to Make a Pumpkin Cheesecake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together evenly.

Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Set aside while you make the cheesecake, cooling until it reaches room temperature.

Cheesecake batter in the springform pan inside a water bath pan.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and dark brown sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes, until smooth.

Scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Turn the mixer to low and add in the pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling), sour cream, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice until combined and smooth.

Scraping the sides of the bowl and the beaters often to make sure everything is combined.

When making cheesecake be sure to always scrape down the bowl plus the BEATER!

Slice of pumpkin cheesecake on a white plate.

With the mixer still on low, add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each addition just until just combined.

Don’t over-mix, but make sure all the ingredients are mixed in evenly and the mixture is smooth.

Part of the problem when making cheesecake is beating the still cold eggs too much. You want all ingredients to room temperature and only beat the eggs until just incorporated.

Slice of pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream on a white plate.

Always double wrap the bottom of the springform pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, sealing it tightly to prevent water from getting into the pan.

Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the cooled graham cracker crust.

Place the springform pan into a water bath.

Bake for 60 minutes, or until the center is almost set. The edges will be set, but the center will still jiggle a bit.

Turn the oven off and leave the door shut. Allow the cheesecake to sit in the warm oven for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and cool for at least an hour until it reaches room temperature.

Cover the pan and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Preferably overnight.

Slice of pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream on a white plate.

I always plan ahead when making cheesecakes. They need to be good and chilled before slicing. So my suggestion is always to make it a day ahead of serving.

What is a water bath?

A water bath is placing one pan into a larger pan and pouring very hot water into the pan until it’s 3/4- inch deep, careful to make sure no water enters the cheesecake and the water level doesn’t come up higher than the foil.

How do you keep the water out of the pan?

The secret here is to double wrap the springform pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil!

Storing

Let the cheesecake cool completely, lay paper towels across the top of the pan (not touching the cake), and then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Can I freeze cheesecake?

Freezing whole – Once completely cooled, remove the cheesecake to a cardboard cake round, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and then aluminum foil. Or freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month for the best flavor and texture.
Freezing individual pieces – I like to freeze them on a parchment-lined baking sheet for at least one hour or until hard. Then wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap, and then freeze in a freezer-safe bag.

More Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin pie has nothing on this fall-flavored dessert. This easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe delivers the creamy, smooth, pumpkin flavor of your dreams!

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

This easy spiced pumpkin cheesecake recipe delivers the creamy, smooth, pumpkin flavor of your dreams! Pumpkin pie has nothing on this fall-flavored dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, easy, pumpkin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 437kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened (3 – 8oz blocks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree (1 can of pure pumpkin)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together evenly. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Set aside while you make the cheesecake, cooling until it reaches room temperature.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and dark brown sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes, until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Turn mixer to low and add in the pumpkin puree, sour cream, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl and the beaters often to make sure everything is combined.
  • With the mixer still on low, add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each addition just until just combined. Don’t over-mix, but make sure all the ingredients are mixed in evenly and the mixture is smooth.
  • Double wrap the bottom of the springform pan with foil, sealing it tightly to prevent water from getting into the pan.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the cooled crust.
  • Place the springform pan into a larger pan and pour very hot water into the pan, until it’s 3/4- inch deep, careful to make sure no water enters the cheesecake and the water level doesn’t come up higher than the foil.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until the center is almost set. It will still jiggle a little bit.
  • Turn the oven off and leave the door shut. Allow the cheesecake to sit in the warm oven for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool for at least an hour until it reaches room temperature.
  • Cover the pan and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or best overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 6550IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg

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