A smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake with an easy homemade gingersnap cookie crust. The perfect dessert for fall!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake

A smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake with an easy homemade gingersnap cookie crust. The perfect dessert for fall!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cheesecake
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Danielle

Ingredients

For the gingersnap crust:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (200 grams) gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter melted

For the pumpkin cheesecake:

  • 24 ounces brick-style cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs room temperature

Instructions

To make the gingersnap crust:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position.
  • Add the gingersnap cookies to a blender or food processor and process until you have fine crumbs. Scoop the crumbs into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and melted butter and mix until fully combined. 
  • Scoop the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan, making sure to press it down firmly into one even layer. Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Keep oven temperature at 325°F while you make the filling.

To make the pumpkin cheesecake filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in the sugar and vanilla extract until well combined. Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and ground cinnamon and mix until fully combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time and mix on low speed until each one is just combined.
  • Scoop the cheesecake filling on top of the pre-baked gingersnap crust and spread it around into one even layer.
  • Place the springform pan in an oven bag (you may cut the bag or tie it so it's not covering the top of the cheesecake) and place in a roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan until you have about 1 to 1 and 1/2-inches of water surrounding the springform pan.
  • Carefully place the roasting pan in the oven with the cheesecake. Bake at 325°F for 55-65 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is almost set. Turn off the oven, slightly crack the door, and allow the cheesecake to sit in the oven for 1 more hour.
  • Carefully remove the roasting pan with the cheesecake from the oven. Remove the cheesecake from the oven bag and place on a wire rack, slide a knife around the sides of the cheesecake to loosen it from the pan. Let the cheesecake cool completely at room temperature, about 2 hours, then cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 5-6 hours (or overnight) or until the cheesecake is thoroughly chilled.
  • Once chilled, release the cheesecake from the springform pan, slice into pieces, and enjoy!

Notes

Store leftover pumpkin cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
Freezing instructions: Baked cheesecake will freeze well for up to 3 months in a freezer bag or container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.