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Mom’s Best Pumpkin Cheesecake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling


12 servings

Swirls of pumpkin don't just turn this fall cheesecake into a showstopper—they also make it even more delicious! —Jami Geittmann, Greendale, Wisconsin
Mom's Best Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • Optional: Whipped cream, additional ground cinnamon and caramel syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  2. Combine crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake until set, 10-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For filling, beat 1 package cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in remaining cream cheese, 1 package at a time, until smooth. Beat in remaining sugar and the vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Place 2 cups filling in a small bowl; stir in pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Pour half the plain filling over crust; dollop with half the pumpkin filling. Cut through with a knife to swirl. Repeat layers and swirling.
  5. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. hot water to larger pan. Bake until center is just set and top appears dull, 55-65 minutes. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around inside edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove rim from pan. If desired, top with whipped cream and cinnamon or caramel sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 518 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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