This is the last pumpkin recipe of the year….so grab it now!
This is an old favorite that I do every year because it is MY favorite!!! This is a pumpkin cheesecake recipe that I pulled out of a magazine which was actually an add for Philadelphia cream cheese. It is one of my favorite recipes for the season and I can’t wait to make it every year.
I posed the full recipe on this cheesecake last year and you can see it here.
For today, a few pics and a few hints to this recipe. Here are the cookies that I use for the crust. The reality is that these are the only ginger cookies that I can find in my local chain grocery store anymore. These work perfect and are really the key to the recipe. The ginger cookie crust gives the cheesecake an extra kick because of the spices and is oh so good. I grind these up in my food processor and it takes about two packages to yield just slightly more than the 2 cups called for.
Then, you mix with the melted butter and spread into the springform pan.
Here is a quick look at the consistency of the cheesecake portion of the filling. Remember to only add part of the sugar to this…the other part of the sugar goes into the pumpkin filling. Read the entire recipe ahead of time!
After you make the pumpkin filling, you start layering in the springform pan. I start first with the pumpkin filling on the bottom, then a few dollops of the cream cheese filling. Then, another layer of the pumpkin filling and more dollops of cream cheese. This is what it will look like…don’t be scared!!
Then, I take a butter knife and run through all the layers back and forth to get a swirling effect. Don’t worry…it doesn’t have to be perfect. It will come out great.
Here is what it looks like right out of the oven…just before the center cracks open slightly from cooling. I bake it for about ten minutes after the top sets up to ensure that the center is cooked through. Then, remove from the oven, cool thoroughly and place in refrigerator for at least four hours before serving. I leave mine in the springform pan until it is ready to serve.
This yummy cheesecake is all packed up int he motorhome and ready for Thanksgiving out at the desert! Here’s to the end of pumpkin season!!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!