Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping Recipe
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional ground cinnamon
  • Caramel sundae syrup
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls
  • Ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 329 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes or until set. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, milk, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
  3. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over filling. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Chill overnight.
  5. Remove sides of pan. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before slicing. If desired, serve with toppings. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p65

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Pate49 User ID: 8628564 237776
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I love this cheesecake, But now i live in high attitude. What to do? I have to make one for thankgiving"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 235491
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"A wonderfully flavorful cheesecake that is perfect for the fall season. Would make a nice alternative from the traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! I followed the recipe exactly except for used a gingersnap crust with walnuts - those flavors really compliment the pumpkin and cinnamon & I will use the same crust next time. I will bake it 10 - 15 minutes longer next time as it turned out to be not quite set in the middle."

beckrn5 User ID: 8042373 232554
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015 Edited Sep. 10, 2015

"This is an excellent recipe. I have made it many times and everyone loves it."

Chemmagic User ID: 4092724 221746
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"This cheesecake is everyone's favorite. The crowd picks this first from all the other choices. This screams fall and Thanksgiving. Love it!!!"

Jaca111 User ID: 7128377 216450
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Make this during the holidays every year. Everyone raves about it"

SwinginHammerGirl User ID: 1533941 214369
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"I've made this CHEESECAKE several times..never fails to please a crowd....cake....cheesecake...who's all good....and so is Taste of Home...."

Linda770 User ID: 8022396 128384
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"The best cheesecake I have ever made or eaten! I did tweek it though by using my homemade gingerbread cookies for the crust. Delicious!"

Doeye User ID: 3555196 110373
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Outstanding recipe! I used gingersnaps for the crust but other than that, followed the recipe to a T and it is amazing! Perfect blend of pumpkin and cream cheese!"

lesajolene User ID: 4588117 204503
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Easy to make & it was gone in no time! Everyone loved it."

pammycakes2014 User ID: 8040477 128383
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"This is a lovely recipe but I don't yet have a spring form pan. So I used a glass 13x9 in baking dish. Worked out great, just not as deep as I would have liked. Thanks!!"

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