Fresh Pumpkin Cheesecake

"This recipe changed our family's Thanksgiving meal FOREVER! I have replaced the traditional pumpkin pie with this cheesecake. The original recipe came from the Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar box in 2002. I made minor changes to enhance the flavor of this delectable cheesecake."
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Ready In:
1 cheesecake




  • Make ahead. This needs to chill at least overnight for best quality.
  • CRUST. Toss crust ingredients together.
  • Press firmly and evenly over bottom only of lightly buttered 9-inch springform pan.
  • Chill.
  • FILLING. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat cream cheese until very smooth.
  • Gradually add sugars, beating until well mixed.
  • Add eggs, one at a time.
  • Add pumpkin, spice, vanilla and cream, and mix well.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 1 hours and 40 minutes (Ovens vary, so check every 10 minute after baking for 1 1/2 hours.).
  • Cool cake, then refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • TOPPING. Combine butter with sugar in small saucepan. Over low heat, stir until sugar is dissolved. Do not overheat.
  • Pour and spread over center of cooled cheesecake, leaving about 1/2 inch margin around.

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  1. This was my first foray into cheesecake. Once in the oven it ended up rising quiet a bit. It fell as it cooled but now the top is kind of brown and puffy along the edge. From some internet research I think I over-mixed it, concerned with making it really smooth. SO, word to the wise - don't over mix!


  1. I also used crushed graham cracker instead of the toast since I already had some.


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