Martin Sheen's Favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake

"Ran across this recipe just before Thanksgiving. WOW! It will now be on my desert table every year. (I may take it to a pot luck or two as well). Fantastically delicious and easy to make. Recipe is originally from Martin Sheen's daughter (Rene Estevez), who used to be a pastry chef."
Martin Sheen's Favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake created by Sharlene~W
Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • To make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Wrap a double layer of WIDE heavy-duty aluminum foil around the outside of a 10-inch springform pan. (The idea is to make it watertight). This is very important or you will have a soggy crust.
  • Combine the graham crackers, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor.
  • Process until the graham crackers are very finely ground.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over.
  • Pulse until the crumbs begin to stick together.
  • Press the crumbs over the bottom (not the sides) of the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven until the crust is slightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and cool while preparing the filling.
  • To make the Filling: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs one at a time.
  • Add the pumpkin and the remaining ingredients.
  • Beat just until mixed.
  • Pour the filing into the prepared crust.
  • Place the springform pan in a large roasting pan and add hot water to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • To bake and serve: Bake the cheesecake until the filling is slightly puffed and softly set and the top is golden, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Transfer the cheesecake to a wire rack to cool.
  • Cover and refrigerate the cake overnight.
  • Use a knife to cut around the side of the pan to loosen the cheesecake.
  • Release the pan sides, cut the cheesecake into wedges, and serve.

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  1. Dr Bill from Jersey
    Gotta agree with my fellow foodies...TOP NOTCH cheesecake recipe! The texture is something akin to chiffon (could it be that I beat the eggs and whipping cream a bit too long? If I did, I hope I make the same mistake again!) and the ONLY deviation I made was an equal measure of pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual spices...plan on trying out a few alternatives like a banaba cheesecake using this as my base!
  2. LuAnn_Mason
    This is my official "go-to" pumpkin cheesecake recipe from now on. It puffed up beautifully, and the texture was divine. I altered the spices, since I don't care for ginger, allspice, or cloves, and threw in an extra egg since the batter seemed a bit soupy compared to other cheesecake recipes. It took about 1 hour 45 minutes at 325, but there's not a crack in sight!
  3. Capncrunch
    Very good cheesecake! My only complaint is that it's a little too cheesy tasting. I made it for Thanksgiving this year instead of traditional pumpkin pie. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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