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Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

 Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert
With its gingersnap crust and maple syrup drizzle, this rich and creamy spiced pumpkin dessert never fails to get rave reviews. It cuts nicely, too. —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 32 gingersnap cookies, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and butter. Press into a
  • greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in
  • the pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just
  • until combined. Pour over crust; sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around
  • edge of baking dish to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate
  • overnight.
  • Cut into squares; serve with syrup. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 24

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Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert (continued)

Directions (continued)

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 143 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.