In this video, you’ll see how to make creamy, custardy pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger snap crust. It’s the perfect hybrid between a pumpkin pie and a traditional cheesecake—and the ideal dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. The cream cheese and pure pumpkin puree are spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract, and the secret ingredient—a splash of bourbon. In the video, you’ll also discover a simple way to avoid cracks. The key is to stop cooking at just the right moment; you can’t always go by sight, because the cheesecake’s still-jiggly middle can give the false impression of being undercooked when it really isn’t. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s Pumpkin Cheesecake. Serve completely chilled with a dollop of whipped cream if you like.