Pumpkin Cheesecake Layered

Photo by J K.
Adapted from bettycrocker.com

PREP TIME

40

minutes

TOTAL TIME

635

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

40

minutes

TOTAL TIME

635

minutes

SERVINGS

--

servings

Adapted from bettycrocker.com

Ingredients

  • Crust:

  • 2

    cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about 32)

  • 1/4

    cup butter or margarine, melted

  • Cheesecake:

  • 4

    packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened

  • 1 1/2

    cups sugar

  • 4

    eggs

  • 1

    cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Heat oven to 300°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan with shortening or cooking spray. Wrap foil around pan to catch drips. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom and 1 inch up side of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed just until smooth and creamy; do not overbeat. On low speed, gradually beat in sugar. On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended. Spoon 3 cups of the cream cheese mixture into pan; spread evenly. Stir pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Spoon over mixture in pan. Bake 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until edges are set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved. Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. Without releasing side of pan, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. Cover loosely; refrigerate at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving plate. Store cheesecake covered in refrigerator. Expert Tips: The key to a smooth top on a cheesecake is using the correct oven temperature, bake time and beating the cream cheese mixture just until smooth. Garnish this luscious dessert with whipping cream.

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