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Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings

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
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Cut into squares; serve with syrup and, if desired, sweetened whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 24 servings.

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.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"My cheesecake recipes are really tough to get 5 stars. I LOVE CHEESECAKE!! This was pretty good though, especially one that you can cook in a 13 x 9 pan!?!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"A keeper !! for years I have been passing the recipe around, everybody loves it. I omit the maple syrup. : )"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"I made this last night after seeing it on Facebook. I have to say I was underwhelmed by it. Even though I added more cinnamon and a little allspice and nutmeg, it just tasted bland to me. My hubby liked it though."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"YUmmm!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"I make this often. Everyone just loves it and asks for the recipe. I make it all year round, not just for Thanksgiving. It is so easy to make."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I haven't made this yet but would like to for Thanksgiving. However, I only want to make it for 4 people, how do I cut it down that far? Obviously I'm not much of a cook!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"I have one recipe that says to use 3 eggs and this one says 5 eggs?!?!?! Does it change it any?"

MY REVIEW
CCI
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"But in the nutritional info, how can there be only 7G fat in 24 servings when there are 5 pkgs. of cream cheese in the recipe. The fat grams in one eight ounce pkg of cream cheese is probably close to 80 Grams of fat, times 5 that is way more fat than stated. Maybe it is FatFree cream cheese?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Oh my goodness!!! This dessert is fabulous. I made it for a group that came to my home and everyone, even those who were not cheesecake fans, loved this. Instead of the maple syrup topping, I added a 3/4 cup more sugar and 1 more teaspoon of cinnamon to the filling and ground pecans to the crust. This recipe is a keeper and I will make it again and again!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"This cheersecake looks absolutely divine. Have not yet made it, but plan to make one as a "trial run" - my family will let me know. As with all TOH recipes, this looks worthy of a '5' rating. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"A good choice when you're not sure how your audience feels about pumpkin. The pumpkin is not overwhelming. If you love pumpkin flavor, however, this might disappoint."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

" Most cheesecakes do crack. Try letting it cool slowly in the oven Turn off oven when baking time is up and then leave the cake in the oven for  one hour.It will greatly reduce craking in all cheesecake recipies. Hope that helps.
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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"Re:Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

I read the comments and doing the water in the oven and I used a whole box of gingersnap cookies,using 1 stick of margarine, added 1/4 cup of sugar,in case I didn't like the syrup, and I used pumpkin pie spice and added a dash or two more, instead of the cinnamon. It turned out great! It is easy and very good. I might try it with just cinnamon, I like cinnamon and maple syrup together on french toast. This recipe is a keeper for me.
Lori"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008

"When baking a cheesecake, you might wish to place a baking dish filled halfway with water on your bottom oven rack. The water evaporates causing steam, and this will help prevent cracks in your cheesecake. Do keep an eye on the water level while baking your cheesecake; it may be necessary to add water to keep the level up as well as prevent your pan from burning or breaking if it is glass."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008 Edited Jul. 4, 2011

"This was so simple to make and we really enjoyed it. The only thing is that next time I want to use more gingersnap cookies for the base. I didn't put the maple syrup on because it was very rich just as it was. I topped it off with whipped cream."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"My cheesecake cracked shortly after it came out of the oven. I made sure to run a knife around the sides 10 minutes after it left the oven. Is this a common problem?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

""Solid pack pumpkin" is the plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"with the added cinnamon- I would think that it is not the pumpkin pie mix, but the pureed pumpkin...my guess anyway

ps- sounds wonderful! will try it on a church dessert this weekend"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"I'm wondering if the can of pumkin is the plain pumpkin or the pumpkin pie type???"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"My mom will love this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"Yum! Can't wait to try this one!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"This is an amazing recipe! I use Gluten Free Ginger Snaps to make the crust. Our whole family enjoys this cheesecake!"

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