Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
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Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 30 cookies)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped topping, optional
  • Additional gingersnap cookies, cut into wedges, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 352 calories, 24g fat (12g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein


  1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and pecans; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 9-11 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  4. Place 1 cup filling in a small bowl; stir in the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining sugar. Remove 3/4 cup pumpkin filling and set aside. Pour remaining pumpkin filling into the crust; top with plain filling. Drop reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls over top; cut through filling with a knife to swirl.
  5. Place pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with whipped topping and cookie wedges if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p33

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"It was so awesome that when I was cooking it, it made my stomach growl in hunger"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"I found this recipe several years ago on a different site and it's absolutly amazing. I love it for Thanksgiving!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Excellent recipe. I live in the UK and it's pretty hard to get canned pumpkin here so instead I cook a butternut squash and then mash that up and add it once cooled. It's less fibrous than pumpkin so it works well."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I made this cheesecake for a friend's party. It went great, everyone loved it. I didn't have any leftovers to bring home to my husband. It was a very pretty cheesecake as well. It was very tasty."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Made this cheesecake for our annual Pumpkin Carving Fest . It was a sure winner and will become part of our recipe collection for the holidays. Didn't have gingersnaps, so made it with graham crackers. Next time will try with gingersnaps. The swirl on top made it look so appetizing...and professional! Yum !"

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