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White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Almond Topping Recipe

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Almond Topping Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 32 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ALMOND TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted white chocolate.
  • 3. Combine pumpkin and spices; gently fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until center is just set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the topping ingredients; spread in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring twice. Cool.
  • 5. Carefully run a knife around edge of springform pan to loosen cheesecake; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Transfer topping to an airtight container; store in the refrigerator.
  • 6. Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, sprinkle topping over cheesecake. Yield: 12 servings.

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jojothehammer User ID: 2859310 97468
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"I thought this cake lacked a distinct flavor. I know that pumpkin is a subtle flavor but I expected to have it more defined. I liked the almond topping. It was tasty and added a nice touch."

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javh81406 User ID: 6952379 167700
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"Can this be made in a 9 by 13 pan instead?"

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 108193
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"This cheesecake was super yummy! I chilled it in the fridge overnight before freezing, to ensure the crust didn't go soggy when I thawed it. Also I didn't use gingersnaps cuz didn't have any, did a graham cracker crust instead and it was fine. The taste was so yummy - the pumpkin flavour wasn't too strong and you could really taste the spices."

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Angel 3of4 User ID: 5822889 167698
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"I make this cheesecake at least 2 to 3 times a year!! My family loves it!!!!"

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cyndi2774 User ID: 1541175 99568
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"We made two alterations to this recipe. First, we don't like gingersnaps, so we replaced the gingersnap cookies with crushed Newton's Fruit Thins in the Cranberry Citrus Oats flavor. (They are this new crispy cookie from the Fruit Newtons company and they are SO good in this recipe!!) Then, we wanted a touch of color in the topping, so we added a little bit of strawberry jam, (we used Smuckers), it made the topping look pretty and it added just a bit of flavor. Sounds like it would clash with the pumpkin, but it was amazingly good. With these changed, this was HANDS DOWN the best pumpkin cheesecake I have ever had. Better than than, it was one of the best CHHESECAKES I have ever had!!!"

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cyndi2774 User ID: 1541175 98106
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"We made two alterations to this recipe. First, we don't like gingersnaps, so we replaced the gingersnap cookies with crushed Newton's Fruit Thins in the Cranberry Citrus Oats flavor. (They are this new crispy cookie from the Fruit Newtons company and they are SO good in this recipe!!) Then, we wanted a touch of color in the topping, so we added a little bit of strawberry jam, (we used Smuckers), it made the topping look pretty and it added just a bit of flavor. Sounds like it would clash with the pumpkin, but it was amazingly good."

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jr1849 User ID: 2353762 80674
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"I want to try this but can I halve this recipe to make a smaller cheesecake? I love pumpkin cheesecake but I don't want a ton of leftovers I will be tempted to eat!"

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Gflock User ID: 6329304 169374
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I took this to the school that I work at and they loved it!!! It was easy to make and you could vary the crust and topping howwever you wanted to. Probably my best cheesecake ever!!"

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emhrnbsn User ID: 4385354 75363
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Creamy, didn't crack, crust was delicious, almond topping made it divine :)"

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notone2mny User ID: 1103036 153798
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"This cheesecake is marvelous. We have made it for several years and it always gets rave reviews wherever we serve it. We are making it again for Christmas tomorrow."

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kjordet User ID: 2172133 154886
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I have made this several times and it always turns out great. The nuts on top make it nice and rustic. I also use cream cheese with 1/3 less fat (neufchatel cheese) and it still turns out great and healthier right?!"

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malojo User ID: 1964299 153793
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times and everyone loves it! I make it with a graham cracker crust instead, and the flavor is still great. The cheesecake is not too sweet, with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor."

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angst340 User ID: 5601315 156297
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"This was a good plain cheesecake, but you could not taste the pumpkin nor the white chocolate."

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amkoch User ID: 5404945 168873
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"I've made this pumpkin cheesecake many times and it's always a big hit! Very good! I've made it in cupcake liners sometimes, instead of making the cake, which is very easy for individual servings....Watch as these cups get snached up in numbers! Can't eat just one!"

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Jessica2783 User ID: 5112860 97253
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"This cheesecake is very good. Only need super thin slices as it is really rich. The subtle pumpkin flavour tastes great with the white chocolate."

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laurenmgivens User ID: 3719820 169373
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"This was delicious! The pumpkin and white chocolate flavors were subtle but still made their presence known. My one complaint is that the texture was just slightly grainy. This could have been my own error, so I haven't discounted the rating for that reason. Either way it was great- not a lot of leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner!"

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johnfazz User ID: 3154338 75359
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"My family waits every year for this. What a great recipe!"

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kimwitman User ID: 1132388 169367
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"I have made it several times already and had friends ask me for the recipe."

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hoopernl User ID: 2067943 75358
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"This has become a family favorite for Thanksgiving for those of us who don't like pumpkin pie."

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janakramer9 User ID: 1658780 156296
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"This Chessecake is realy good. I made the crust with oreo cookies instead of gingersnaps"

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