The BEST Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe


This Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe is festive, fall spin on classic cheesecake. It’s creamy, with the perfect amount of pumpkin, on top of a cinnamon graham cracker crust!

Sliced Pumpkin Cheesecake on a platter

Cheesecake is and will always be my favorite dessert. For so long I was a little scared to make cheesecake at home because 1) I heard they were finicky and 2) I was scared I would eat the whole thing myself.

Turns out neither of those are actually true. SO a few years ago when I posted my IN DEPTH look into cheesecake with my PERFECT CHEESECAKE RECIPE the response from you guys was overwhelming! Apparently cheesecake intimidates a lot of you as well!

And since then I have really dove headfirst into cheesecake baking! And today’s we’re talking all about the PERFECT Fall Cheesecake!! Today’s recipe is like a Cheesecake and a Pumpkin Pie had a baby. It’s super creamy, with the exact right combo of the two flavors. AND you can make it ahead, which is a solid win if you’re entertaining.

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Sliced Pumpkin Cheesecake with whipped cream

How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ok, I’m going to show you how easy cheesecake can be. Obviously before you get started I always recommend making sure you have all the ingredients so read the recipe in full before starting. Honestly, this is a great trick in any recipe you’re making.

Do You Have To Use a Springform Pan?

I will always say yes to this question. When baking cheesecake, the best option is a springform pan. I know folks who bake cheesecake in a deep dish pie plate and have success, but I prefer the easy release method that a springform pan allows. You release the sides and are able to present and slice your cheesecake perfectly!

How To Make a Cheesecake with pumpkin

Tips on Making Cheesecake

Like I said above, I really dive deep into all the ins and outs of making cheesecake in my Perfect Cheesecake Recipe, and think I’ve done a great job in answering any questions that you may have, like:

  • How To Prevents Cracks
  • Do You Have To Use a Water Bath?
  • How Long Does a Cheesecake Need To Chill?
  • Do My Ingredients Need To Be Room Temperature?

So definitely check out that recipe first if this is your time baking a cheesecake!

How To Incorporate Pumpkin Into Cheesecake

Pumpkin is a super easy ingredient to add into cheesecake. I only had to tweak my Perfect Cheesecake Recipe a little bit to make it work perfectly!

You will use a whole 15- ounce can of 100% Pure Pumpkin, like Libby’s and well as Pumpkin Pie Spice!

I decreased the amount of cream cheese, sour cream and egg slightly to accommodate the additional moisture the canned pumpkin adds!

Can You Use Fresh Pumpkin Instead of Canned Pumpkin?

The answer here is yes, if you would like to go to the trouble of cleaning a pumpkin, baking it, and pureeing, you absolutely can. I’ve tried making pumpkin pie from scratch before, and found the whole process to be…well…not worth it. But of course, feel free to give it a try.

However, if using homemade pumpkin puree follow these tips:

  • Make sure you process the pumpkin until it’s completely smooth. You don’t want any chunks in your cheesecake!
  • A 4-5 pound pumpkin will give you about 4 cups of puree.
  • You can boil or bake the pumpkin to cook it, but I recommend baking to prevent any extra water.
  • Allow your puree to drain excess liquid by using a cheesecloth to squeeze out extra moisture. I find that fresh pumpkin is more watery than canned, so you will need to remove as much liquid as possible, otherwise the texture of your cheesecake will be wet.

What Kind Of Crust Is Best For Cheesecake?

I always prefer a graham cracker crust, but this recipe would be a great place to switch it up if you desire! I added cinnamon to my graham cracker crust in this recipe, which pairs wonderfully with the pumpkin, you could also use Cinnamon Graham Crackers! But here are a few other fun ideas for crust options:

  • Biscoff Cookie Crust
  • Gingersnap Crust
  • Oatmeal Cookie Crust
  • Nilla Wafer Crust

NOTE: You will use the same recipe measurements as written if you sub out a different kind of cookie for graham crackers.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake with a bite taken out on a plate with whipped cream.

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