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Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

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Creamy pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake is a delicious fall dessert. It has a spiced gingersnap crust, and is topped with spiced whipped cream.

A pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust and spiced whipped cream on a black cake stand

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Spiced whipped cream being piped onto a pumpkin cheesecake

I've been participating in #PumpkinWeek for years, and I'm actually surprised I haven't made a pumpkin cheesecake before now! Cheesecake is my "signature dessert" within my family.

Possibly because I'm the only one patient enough to allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature and make the whole water bath set-up. I explain in other cheesecake posts why the water bath is so important in cheesecake baking.

A slice of pumpkin whipped cream in front of a bag of Sweets and Treats pumpkin candy sprinkles

This cheesecake is especially delicious (or maybe I'm biased because of my love of all things pumpkin). Every layer has a warmly spiced flavor. However, if you can't find gingersnaps, and don't want to make your own just to crumble them, this would be perfectly delicious with graham crackers. You can even add the spices to the graham cracker crumbs!

The spiced whipped cream sends the whole thing over the top. This whipped cream is also delicious on fall pies, like apple or pumpkin. Then, the whipped cream is topped with pumpkin candy sprinkles from my favorite sprinkle company, Sweets and Treats. I've been a fan of this company long before they started sponsoring PumpkinWeek. They have such a wide variety of sprinkle mixes, and in the unlikely event you can't find a mix that suits your needs, you can make your own!

A slice of pumpkin cheesecake on a plate, on a floral napkin

The cheesecake should be made a day in advance of when you plan to serve it, however, I recommend holding off on making the whipped cream until shortly before you plan to serve it. Whipped cream doesn't keep well in the refrigerator for long periods of time, and would weep (liquid seeps out of the cream) onto your cheesecake.

To get nice, clean cuts like the ones pictured here, run a sharp chef's knife until very hot water, quickly wipe dry, then immediately cut into the cheesecake. Repeat the hot water, wipe dry and cut each and every time.

Creamy pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake is a delicious fall dessert. It has a spiced gingersnap crust, and is topped with spiced whipped cream.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 25 minutes

Creamy pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake is a delicious fall dessert. It has a spiced gingersnap crust, and is topped with spiced whipped cream.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 ¼ cups (191g) gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • ¼ cup (28g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon (28g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

  • 24 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (7 oz) sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

For the topping

  • ¾ cup chilled whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 2 oz Sweets and Treats Pumpkin Candy Sprinkles

Instructions

Make the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the gingersnap cookie crumbs, flour, ginger and brown sugar. Add the melted butter, and stir until all dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Press into the bottom and part-way up the sides of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool.

Make the filling

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth, periodically scraping down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla, pumpkin and spices, and beat on medium until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated and scraping down the bowl before adding the next one.
  4. Pour the filling into the cooled crust.
  5. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. While the water is heating, wrap the bottom of the springform pan in a double layer of tin foil.
  6. Once the water is boiled, place your springform pan inside a larger cake pan (at least 10 inches in diameter). Place both in the oven. Carefully pour the hot water into the larger cake pan, being careful not to splash any into the cheesecake batter. Center the springform pan in the larger cake pan, and close the oven.
  7. Bake the cheesecake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake barely jiggles when gently shaken.
  8. Remove the pans from the oven and remove the springform pan from the water bath. Cool on a wire rack to room temparture.
  9. Run a thin paring knife around the edge of the cheesecake to separate it from the springform pan. Then cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours.

Make the whipped cream

  1. Just before serving, in a chilled mixing bowl, whip the cream with the sugar until medium peaks form.
  2. Add the spices and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
  3. Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with an open star tip, and pipe the whipped cream around the edge of the cheesecake.
  4. Sprinkle with Sweets and Treats Candy Pumpkins. Slice and serve.

Notes

If you don't have a 10-inch cake pan, you can also use a large disposable aluminum foil roasting pan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Wednesday 25th of September 2019

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