Can’t decide pumpkin pie and cheesecake? This Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake is the best of both! Creamy cheesecake with swirls of pumpkin pie filling!
We’re all about adding our favorite pie flavors to cheesecake. How good do these Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars sound? Or give our cheesecake brownies a try next!
Why This Cheesecake is Best
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake is begging to be part of your Thanksgiving menus this year. After a dinner of turkey and sweet potato casserole, let’s talk dessert!
Why choose between pumpkin pie or cheesecake when you can have BOTH?
This cheesecake puts a new twist on two familiar desserts. A delicious blend of novelty and creativity!
- The pie starts with the best graham cracker pie crust.
- It’s filled with the perfect cheesecake layer.
- Homemade pumpkin pie filling baked right on top.
- An impressive holiday dessert.
Love mashing up desserts? Try this delicious pecan pie brownies recipe next. Or give our reader favorite Pecan Pumpkin pie recipe a try soon. Both are perfect this holiday.
- Graham crackers– Feel free to swap the graham crackers in the crust for gingersnap cookies for a ginger-y twist!
- Egg yolks- Set aside the separated egg whites to make Pumpkin Spice Meringue Cookies or your other favorite meringue recipe.
- Pumpkin puree – Make sure to use pure canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling!
- Pumpkin pie spice – Use my pumpkin spice blend or any store bought version.
- Cinnamon – Additional cinnamon in the crust and pumpkin layers, gives the cheesecake an extra dose of fall flavor.
- Whipped cream – This is an optional topping for serving the cheesecake. Use fresh whipped cream, cool whip or homemade stabilized whipped cream, whatever you prefer.
Making Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake is easier than you might expect!
Water Bath. Before starting to prepare your cheesecake, fill a large roasting pan with a few inches of water. Preheat your oven and set the roasting pan on the bottom rack.
This is the water bath for the cheesecake. NOTE: The cheesecake will not actually go IN the water bath.
Graham Cracker Crust. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a greased springform pan.
Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, beat together the ingredients for the cheesecake filling.
The Filling. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the pumpkin layer. Then pout about one third of the cheesecake mixture into the pumpkin filling and stir until combined.
When the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven. Pour the rest of the cheesecake over the crust in the springform pan. Spread the pumpkin pie filling on top of the cheesecake.
Place the springform pan in the oven on a rack just over the water bath.
Bake then Chill. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for an additional hour.
Take the cheesecake out of the oven. Let it cool, then chill for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Serve pumpkin pie cheesecake chilled and topped with whipped cream! We recommend letting the cheesecake chill overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
- Cover any leftover cheesecake with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for for up to 6 days.
- You can freeze it for longer storage! Double wrap the cheesecake in foil and freezer bags and it will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.
We tested this recipe in a springform cake pan. The removable outer ring is key for removing the cheesecake from the pan.
You can substitute store bought filling, but we think homemade tastes so much better! We like being able to add our own spices.
Leaving the cheesecake in the oven after baking helps prevent the top from cracking. If you remove it from the oven right away, the drastic change of temperature is almost guaranteed to cause cracks.
There’s no way to repair a cracked top once it happens but you can cover it up! Spoon some whipped cream on top of the pumpkin pie cheesecake when you serve it and no one will even notice!