One Thanksgiving, I was eating pumpkin pie and decided to have some cranberry sauce with it. I loved the combination so much, I experimented and came up with a two-tone cheesecake that has a ruby-red layer at the bottom. —John Abraham, Boca Raton, Florida
You're sure to draw compliments with this delectable homemade dessert from Lorraine Darocha. In Mountain City, Tennessee, she prepares it the day before by topping a from-scratch pecan crust with luscious layers of cream cheese and spiced pumpkin.
From Danielsville, Georgia, Marsha Richmond shares this luscious after-dinner crowd-pleaser. The perfect finale to your Thanksgiving celebration, the cheesecake delivers wonderful pumpkin flavor, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and a unique spiced-cookie crust.
Instead of a traditional pie, I like to surprise holiday guests with a silky cheesecake. Make it a day ahead and let it chill overnight. It's one less thing you'll have to make on the big day. —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas
This luscious cheesecake from Phyllis Schmalz-Eismann of Kansas City, Kansas belongs on a pedestal. Just pour the spiced pumpkin filling over the delectable gingersnap crust, bake and refrigerate overnight. The final touch is a crunchy almond topping.
This recipe is from central Ohio, which is the heart of pumpkin country, so it definitely represents our area! I got the basic recipe from a niece and made a few changes. Now it's one of my family's year-round favorite desserts!
I won first place in a pumpkin baking contest with this snappy dessert. The judges gave high marks to its gingersnap-pecan crust and creamy marbled filling. If you wish, substitute cinnamon graham crackers for the gingersnaps.
—Lisa Morman, Minot, North Dakota
“You really must try this luscious cheesecake that my family requests for every holiday dinner,” writes Carmel Mooney of Dobbins, California. “I won a blue ribbon when I entered it at the state fair a few years ago.”