Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Molasses has complex notes of acidity and sweetness that pair well with pumpkin and baking spices. For this pumpkin cheesecake recipe, use either light-or dark-grade molasses (dark is less sweet and more robust).

pumpkin cheesecake on gold plate topped with whipped cream and toffee pieces
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 cup finely crushed graham crackers

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup almond toffee pieces

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch ground cloves

  • Pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 recipe Molasses Whipped Cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. For crust, in a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. In a large bowl beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium until smooth, scraping bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, on low. Spread half of mixture over crust in pan. Sprinkle with toffee pieces.

  3. Stir pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture. Carefully spread pumpkin mixture over cream cheese layer in pan. Set springform pan in a shallow baking pan.

  4. Bake about 40 minutes or until center is almost set when shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Using a knife, loosen crust from sides of pan. Remove sides of pan and cool cheesecake 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, top with Molasses Whipped Cream and sprinkle with additional toffee pieces.

Molasses Whipped Cream:

In a large bowl beat 1 cup heavy cream, 2 Tbsp. molasses, and 1 tsp. vanilla with a mixer on medium to high until soft peaks form (tips ciurl).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

567 Calories
39g Fat
44g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 567
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 432mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0.8mg 4%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 235mg 5%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 4.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
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.

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