Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Two treasured recipes come together for a light cheesecake that tastes like pumpkin pie. A tangy cranberry topping takes it to the next level.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Stand Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 15 ounce can pumpkin

  • 1 ½ cup finely crushed gingersnaps (8 to 9 oz.)

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 5 eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1 Recipe Cranberry Topper (optional)

Cranberry Topping

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

  • ½ cup light-color corn syrup


  1. Position two oven racks, one above the other, bottom rack in lowest position. On bottom rack place a 13x9x2-inch baking pan and pour in water to 1-inch depth. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. To drain pumpkin, line a fine mesh sieve with 100 percent cotton cheesecloth or paper coffee filter; seat over a bowl. Spoon in pumpkin; set aside while preparing crust.

  2. For crust, in bowl stir together crushed gingersnaps, butter, and the 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and about 1 inch up sides of 9x3-inch springform pan. Bake 5 minutes or until firm. Cool completely on rack.

  3. For filling, in large bowl beat cream cheese and the 1-1/4 cups brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in pumpkin (discard liquid), flour, and pumpkin pie spice until combined. Stir in eggs by hand.

  4. Pour filling into crust-lined pan, spreading to sides of pan. Place springform pan on baking sheet then on oven rack above water-filled pan. Bake 1 hour or until filling appears set when gently shaken. Turn off oven; let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. (Top may crack as it cools.)

  5. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. With small sharp knife, loosen crust from sides of pan; cool 30 minutes. Remover sides of pan; cool completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving. Serve with Cranberry Topping. Makes 14 servings.

Cranberry Topping

  1. In small saucepan combine cranberries and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until berries begin to pop. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup cranberry sauce or relish. Cool. Makes 1-1/2 cups topping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
16g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 288mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 7g
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 156mg 3%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.