Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
- 2 cups gingersnap crumbs (from about 1/2 pound cookies)
- 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
- 2 cups sour cream, at room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Butter a 9- or 10-inch springform pan and coat lightly with flour in a medium bowl, toss the gingersnap crumbs with the melted butter until evenly moistened.
- Press the crumbs into the bottom and 1 inch up the side of the prepared pan.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the crust begins to color.
- Let the crust cool.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
- Beat in 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and the brown sugar, then beat in the eggs in 3 additions until the mixture is thoroughly combined, scraping down the side of the bowl occasionally.
- In a medium bowl, combine the Pumpkin puree and heavy cream with 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- Add to the cream cheese mixture and beat until combined, scraping the bowl a few times.
- Wrap foil loosely around the bottom and up the side of the springform pan.
- Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared pan and set it in a large baking dish or roasting pan.
- Place in the middle of the oven and pour 1 inch of hot water into the baking dish.
- Bake the cheesecake for about 70 minutes, or until the edges are firm and the center of the cheesecake is still slightly shaky.
- In a small bowl, combine the sour cream with the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
- Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and pour on the sour cream topping.
- Gently top the pan to spread the topping, and continue baking the cheesecake for 10 more minutes.
- Transfer the cheesecake to a rack and let cool for 1 hour.
- Remove the foil and the side of the pan and refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight. If you like, remove the cheesecake from the bottom of the pan by sliding a metal spatula under the crust to loosen it completely, then use 2 large metal spatulas to transfer the cake to a serving plate. Alternatively, serve the cheesecake on the pan bottom.
This was such an easy and incredibly tasty recipe. KUDOS TO YOU CANDIE! Although it seems like there is a lot to it it literally took about 10 minutes to prep and it was a huge success at a variety of the holiday parties I went to. A couple of changes I made to it were: I didn't have a springform pan so I still did the water bath and just used a round metal pan...worked perfectly but put an extra coat of foil. Also, I got a little lazy on the third time making it and just used a pre-made graham pie crust. It had the same appeal and took less time. For anyone not sure about it...my husband despises pumpkin pie AND cheesecake and he couldn't get enough of it!
A nice creamy cheesecake. Seemed like it needed a little more spice maybe...just my taste though. Brought it to a friend's house and the company all loved it.
This was the best pumpkin cheese cake I have ever tasted. It was awesome. I made it for my Bible Study group and they raved over it too. The only things that I changed was I used 3/4 tsp of ginger instead of 1 and I was unable to get any ginger cookie crumbs so I used vanilla wafer crumbs and added about 1/4 tsp of ground ginger to the crumbs. I also had to bake it for 10 extra minutes before putting on the sour cream mixture. But the layers make it look as impressive as it tastes. Fantastic. Thanks, Candie! This is definitely a keeper!