Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
A tasty and wonderful looking cheesecake for halloween.
- 1 3⁄4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cups sour cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
- Combine wafer crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom and 1 inches up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan.
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth.
- Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
- Whisk in pumpkin, cornstarch, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice just until blended.
- Pour into crust.
- Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until center is almost set.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Combine topping ingredients; spread over filling.
- Bake at 350° for 6 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minute.
- Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
- Refrigerate overnight then remove from pan.
- In a saucepan, bring the sugar, cream of tartar and water to a boil over medium heat.
- Boil, without stirring, until mixture turns a light amber color and candy thermometer reads 350°.
- Immediately remove from the heat and stir.
- Cool, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until hot sugar mixture falls off a metal spoon in a fine thread.
- Using a spoon or meat fork, carefully drizzle syrup over waxed paper to form spiderwebs
- Cool completely.
- Place melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag.
- Pipe 1-in. spiders onto parchment or foil; cool completely.
- With remaining melted chocolate, pipe two or three dots on each web; attach spiders.
- Cut cheesecake; place a web on top of each slice and remaining spiders on the side.
I made this last Halloween and totally forgot to review it! This cheesecake was a gigantic hit; everybody loved it and begged for the recipe! The only thing I changed was to forgo the fancy sugar topping. Instead, I just drew a spiderweb on the top with melted chocolate. It made for a pretty and fun presentation. Thanks for a cake that will be sure to please any crowd for years to come!