Perfectly Simple Pumpkin Cheesecake

Perfectly Simple Pumpkin Cheesecake

"Pumpkin cheesecake is not technically a pie, but it does have a crust and has become a Thanksgiving classic. And I've simplified its crust, too: Simply lay whole graham crackers in the pan, then spread melted butter and sugar over the crackers, and bake."
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Ingredients

servings 475 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 475 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 34.3 g
  • 53%
  • Carbs:
  • 37.6g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 7.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 125 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium:
  • 300 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Directions

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  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat butter and sugar in a saucepan until butter melts. Meanwhile, line the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with a 12-by-20-inch sheet of foil so it hangs over the long sides of the pan (you'll use this as a 'handle' to pull the cooked dessert from the pan). Arrange graham crackers over foil-lined pan bottom, cutting the final few with a knife so they'll fit snugly. Pour butter mixture over crackers; spread with knife to cover. Bake until butter-sugar mixture starts to harden, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.
  3. As crust bakes, heat pumpkin, 1 1/4 cups brown sugar and spices in a medium pan over medium-high heat until mixture is sputtery hot. Process eggs on high speed in a blender. Transfer pumpkin to a pourable container. With blender running, slowly add pumpkin mixture; puree until smooth. Add cream cheese, one block at a time; puree until smooth. Pour mixture over crust; bake until set, about 35 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix sour cream, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and vanilla. Remove cheesecake from oven. Pour sour cream mixture evenly over top; carefully spread so top is completely covered. Return to oven. Bake to set topping, about 5 minutes longer. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate (can be made up to 2 days ahead).
  5. To serve, run a knife around the pan perimeter to loosen cake. Use foil handles to pull cake from pan. Cut into squares (up to 15) and garnish with optional pecans.

Footnotes

  • Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Most helpful positive review

This is a easy to prepair recipe, my family and friends just love it. A granddaughter who won't eat pumpkin liked it and told her mom to get the recipe.

Most helpful critical review

I felt like it was missing something. i followed the recipe exactly and was disappointed in the flavor. I'll keep looking!

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This is a easy to prepair recipe, my family and friends just love it. A granddaughter who won't eat pumpkin liked it and told her mom to get the recipe.

This recipe is Amazing! I have made it several times and alsways it is a hit!! Be prepared to double the recipe because the first two will be gone before you can blink!! Also (someimtes I subst...

This recipe was great. I made it for a company Thanksgiving BBQ and everyone who tried it loved it! Instead of laying the graham crackers flat, I ground them up and added some brown sugar. I ac...

This was a yummy addition to my Thanksgiving feast!

I love this recipe. I don't care for pumpkin pie, but i love cheesecake and decided to try this one out. I chose to use 2 store bought pre-made graham cracker crusts and it was wonderful.

I cut the recipe in half to fit one graham cracker crust. turned out beautifully.

This turned out wonderful tasting. The only problem I had was getting the center done. I let it cook an extra 20 minutes, and yes, the oven had been preheated, but it still wasn't set. I added t...

This was wonderful and everyone enjoyed it more than a pumpkin pie ! I made the traditional graham cracker crust, but the filling is what makes this incredible : )

I felt like it was missing something. i followed the recipe exactly and was disappointed in the flavor. I'll keep looking!

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