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Spiced Pumpkin-Swirl Cheesecake

I have to give my husband credit for this cheesecake. He found a recipe like it and asked if I could make it for him. I always make it for his birthday, and my young daughter loves to help. —Monika Walsh, Monterey, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Bake: 70 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap foil securely around pan.
  • Place pecans and brown sugar in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Add butter; pulse to combine. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake until light brown, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup brown sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended.
  • In another bowl, mix pumpkin, spices and remaining brown sugar. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of the cream cheese mixture.
  • To layer, pour 1-1/2 cups plain cream cheese mixture over crust. Gently spread 1-1/3 cups pumpkin mixture over top. Repeat layers. Cut through layers with a knife to swirl. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of very hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake until center is just set and top appears dull, 70-80 minutes. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove rim from pan.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 483 calories, 39g fat (18g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • backache24
    Nov 19, 2018

    This was my first ever attempt at a cheesecake and I couldn't be happier with the result! It is delicious and came out great. I followed the recipe exactly.

  • khegeman
    Feb 16, 2018

    Delicious. I baked it a lot longer until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. My oven frequently requires much longer baking times for cheesecakes made in water baths.

  • heatherrich
    Jan 6, 2015

    This is a terrible recipe! Like other reviews, my cheese cake never set and was all liquid pouring out of it and I too baked it almost twice as long as called for. I think a little flour or another egg in the pumpkin is needed.

  • klbh77
    Dec 8, 2014

    No comment left

  • Cheri Beck
    Nov 17, 2014

    Tried this last night - was so excited to find a pumpkin cheesecake recipe that didn't require conversion to wheat-free. However, it never did set. I ended up leaving it in the over well over two hours -- the top browned but it was still completely goopy in the center -- as in liquidy-goopy if you know what I mean! Once it came out I baked muffins in the same oven, so the oven was working fine. I don't know what I did wrong, but I'm afraid I won't try this one again. . . . the whole pourable thing had to go down the disposal.

  • cheryllynnjacob
    Nov 25, 2013

    This crust was delicious and the cheesecake baked in the water bath rose and cooked beautifully. However, the cheesecake itself didn't have much flavor and the spices seemed to have an "after taste" that was bland. I still want to find a great pumpkin cheesecake, I'll keep baking...

  • kimmarsh
    Oct 24, 2013

    I have had this Spiced Pumpkin-Swirl Cheesecake made by Monika Walsh (my next-door neighbor). It is fantastic! My two favorite pies in one. She is an amazing cook!!