Friday, December 4, 2009

Pumpkin Cheesecake

12 Days of Christmas Treats: Day 4

Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
(or you can substitute the above ingredients for a store bought graham cracker crust to save time)

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (omitted)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, cracker crumbs, sugar and spices; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 10-in. tart pan with a removable bottom.

  2. For filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Add pumpkin and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust; sprinkle with walnuts and remaining cinnamon. Place pan on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1-1/2 hours. Store in the refrigerator.

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