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Pumpkin Cheesecake – As Good As The Cheesecake Factory, but Cheaper

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Pumpkin Cheesecake is my favorite fall dessert and ideal for your Thanksgiving dinner!

This Pumpkin Cheesecake is frugalicious (frugal and delicious) because it will cost you less than $10 to make. Compare that to just under $50 for The Cheesecake Factory’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, and yes – it’s as good as The Cheesecake Factory!

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Kristl Story,
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 55 mins
Total time: 2 hours 15 mins
Serves: 12
  • Crust Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups ginger snap crumbs (crumble ginger snaps in a food processor)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Cheesecake Ingredients
  • 4, 8oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1, 15 oz. can solid-packed pumpkin
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • whipped cream for garnish
  1. Crust Instructions
  2. Preheat oven to 325
  3. Grease a 10″ springform pan
  4. Wrap the springform pan with heavy duty aluminum foil
  5. Mix together melted butter, ginger snap crumbs and sugar
  6. Press mixture on bottom and up sides of springform pan
  7. Bake 15 minutes
  8. Cheesecake Instructions
  9. Beat cream cheese until smooth
  10. Beat in sugar
  11. Beat in sour cream
  12. Beat in pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cloves until combined
  13. Pour into crust
  14. Place foil wrapped springform pan in a large roasting pan and place in preheated 325 oven
  15. Slowly add boiling water until it comes up about halfway on the springform pan – aka a water bath
  16. Bake 1 hour and 40 minutes (center will not look set!)
  17. Turn oven off
  18. Leave pumpkin cheesecake in the oven for 1 more hour
  19. Remove from the roasting pan and cool on a wire rack for 1 1/2 hours
  20. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  21. Garnish with whipped cream
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Add some variety to your Thanksgiving menu and serve Pumpkin Cheesecake instead of Pumpkin Pie…it will be one less thing to cook on Thanksgiving Day!!! Pumpkin Cheesecake must be made the day ahead, and it will be wonderful even if you make it 2 – 3 days ahead.


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