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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Recipe photo courtesy of Mikkel Vang

We took the pumpkin out of the pie and baked it into a rich and creamy cheesecake; it's an especially memorable ending to a holiday meal.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2004
Total Time Prep Servings


For the Crust

For the Filling


Cook's Notes

To make the crumbs for the crust, pulse graham crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Or, if you prefer, substitute the same amount of packaged graham-cracker crumbs.

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  • irmaghosn
    27 DEC, 2017
    I am not good at baking, but when I found this recipe I decided to give it a try. I had roasted my pumpkin earlier and frozen it. Then I made my own pumpkin spice, because where I live it is hard to get anything other than canned pumpkin puree. I wanted to see if I could succeed in this cheesecake for our annual family Christmas lunch. (I had bread pudding ingredients ready just in case...) I made the cheesecake 3 days in advance and it turned out perfect!! Everyone loved it, and it was so easy to make. I will most certainly do it for next year as well.
  • shawnaseed
    24 NOV, 2017
    The center of my cheesecake was runny and undercooked, despite my following the directions exactly. (and the fact that my oven actually runs a bit hot.) My ingredients were room temperature, so that's not the problem. Very disappointing. You can't really check a cheesecake for doneness, of course. I can't recommend this recipe.
    • katiemc715
      20 DEC, 2017
      Did you leave it in the oven for the 2 hours after it was done baking?
  • MS11489961
    20 DEC, 2016
    Made this per the recipe. Followed directions on cooking time. When removed from the refrigerator to remove spring form pan, the cheese cake cracked as it was extremely undercooked. My Gaggenau oven is six months old and was calibrated correctly. Any comments site manager on the correct cook time for this cheesecake?
    • katiemc715
      20 DEC, 2017
      I have found that mine crack for one of two reason - 1. I opened the oven any time during the baking/sitting for 2 hours process or 2. I refrigerated it too soon after taking it out of the oven. For a crack-free cheesecake, once it's in the oven I DO NOT open the door until the 2 hours is up, and I let it sit out of the oven covered with a towel for AT LEAST 1 hour before refrigerating. Hope this helps!
    • MS11881758
      2 NOV, 2017
      It's important to have the ingredients at room temperature.
  • ALR6950393DW
    24 NOV, 2017
    This was the best Cheesecake ever! My family loved it and my friend (who does not eat sweets) asked to take some home with him. That being said I did change a few things. 1. I did not add the eggs. 2. I did not use the Pumpkin Spice mix. I used 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of Ginger and 1 teaspoon of Cloves. 3. I used Ginger Snaps for my crust. The hardest part of this is not to open the oven, for almost 3 hours! I wanted to check my Cheesecake so bad! But I had control and it was well worth the wait. We topped the Pumpkin cheesecake with "Whip Cream in a Mason Jar" and crushed pistachios.
  • lisalewisburns
    22 NOV, 2017
    Wonderfully easy
  • katiemc715
    20 NOV, 2017
    This is my go-to dessert every fall for thanksgiving and Christmas. By far one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had. The most satisfying part is having a perfectly smooth top without a single crack but even if it does crack it still tastes amazing. Thank you for this recipe!!
  • emmarzullo
    28 SEP, 2017
    I've been making this for years. It is a real crowd-pleaser. I don't even like cheesecake, but I love this!
  • meganmartin487
    26 NOV, 2016
    the video on this recipe is broken. i can hear it, but the visuals are blacked out. the recipe looks really yummy though!
    19 NOV, 2014
    I made this delicious pie last week, it turned out perfect! I did everything Martha did, except I wrapped springform pan with foil and placed in water bath. I also increased the cooking time to 47 minutes. I did keep turning the light on and looking every so often. One thing I think is very important is for the oven to be preheated to 350 degrees, then turned down to 300 when you place the pie in.
    • MS10826823
      27 NOV, 2015
      This is exactly how I made it, following Martha's recipe to the letter (except for crust, I added 1 stick unsalted butter). I then created small 5" and then 7" cakes with marbling on-top, I made smaller than that later. The recipe holds up ! LOVE IT !
  • jeanabushgmail
    15 NOV, 2015
    QUESTION - I've made this numerous times and love it. This time I need to make mini cheesecake cups for my daughter's class. Any suggestions for modification of crust, baking times, etc? Thank you!
    • MS10826823
      27 NOV, 2015
      I made small round cheesecakes with this recipe, I changed the crust to accommodate but not much change, I added a stick of butter, used 1.5 cup of graham crackers, added 1 tsp cinnamon and lined the bottom & 1/3 sides of the spring baking dishes. I added marbling to the top by removing ⅔ cup before adding pumpkin purée, ½ cup of the sugar and 2 of the eggs (scooped ⅔ cup from batter). I shortened the oven-ON time, then, followed recipe. Spring baking dishes are important. THX MARTHA ! voila.

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